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Longevity of All- On -4


all-on-4 graphic.The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a full arch dental bridge that is permanently stabilized using four dental implants. The All on 4 system is a fantastic replacement option for patients who are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches. It allows patients to have a permanent denture that stays right where it belongs, in your mouth. The more the patient uses their replacement teeth, they begin to feel increasingly more natural and your function increases. Our team at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC can provide the guidance and tips both before surgery and after to help this restoration be long term.

In general, the All on 4 treatment is considered a permanent restoration with great long term study results. At times, the patient may require a replacement denture, but the dental implants rarely require replacement. The All on 4 system combines a denture with four threaded posts that are stabilized directly into the bone. The posts are set into the bone and then as the bone heals, it grows around the threads of the posts, fusing the two firmly together.

What to Expect Long Term with All on 4


The All on 4 system should feel firm and secure following a period of healing. This makes the care of the system fairly easy, but there are considerations to be aware of, including:
•  Oral Hygiene: You will still need to brush and floss your denture and All on 4 system daily. Just as it was necessary to care for your natural teeth, and keep them free of bacteria, you will still need to care for your All on 4 treatment. Brushing, flossing, and removing bacteria remains an important step in your oral health care.
•  Fracture Can Occur: Your new dentures should allow you the freedom to chew your regular diet, but they are still subject to breakage. You will need to take care of your new teeth. They are a wonderful tool, but that doesn’t mean you can start chewing on ice, or items that don’t belong in your mouth. These new teeth can break.
•  Your Implants Need Time to Set: Immediately following placement, you can use your new denture, but with caution. We will ask you to stick to soft foods and light chewing until your bone has fully fused with your implants. This can take months, as bone growth is slower than soft tissue healing.
•  Denture Replacement: Your dentures should last between 10-15 years before requiring replacement, but when replacement is needed, we can accomplish this without disrupting your implants.
•  Be Aware of Bruxism: Your new denture should be quite strong under normal circumstances, but abnormal wear that comes from bruxism such as teeth grinding or clenching can still cause fractures and breakage to occur. If you catch the symptoms of bruxism, let us know, as there are steps we can take to protect your teeth.
•  Schedule Regular Checkups: Your new denture system does not eliminate you from dental checkups. We want to see how your treatment is doing. We can look for signs of infection, atrophy and more.


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