American Board Certified Prosthodontist
Many patients put off getting dentures because they’re worried about problems with them being loose or uncomfortable. But you have a great option with Hai Qing, DMD, at Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics. Dr. Qing specializes in All-on-4® dentures and knows the procedure inside and out. He even teaches other dental professionals how to insert All-on-4 dentures. The best part for patients is that the dentures are permanently fixed in place, making their new teeth comfortable and natural. To schedule an appointment, call the office in New Britain, Pennsylvania, or use the online booking feature.
All-on-4 is a procedure to replace your teeth with implant-supported dentures. The name, All-on-4, refers to the fact that Dr. Qing uses only four implants to permanently anchor a full set of upper or lower dentures.
Dr. Qing inserts four implants in your upper jaw to replace all your upper teeth and/or four implants in your lower jaw when you need to replace your lower teeth.
Your dentures are then permanently attached to the implants. With All-on-4, you can avoid traditional dentures that are simply placed over your gums.
A dental implant consists of a rod that’s placed into your jawbone. After the implant is in place, the bone naturally regrows and attaches to the rod, creating a solid structure that’s just as strong as your natural tooth root.
Dr. Qing places a second small piece, called an abutment, on top of the rod. The same procedure is repeated to insert four implants in one jaw, with two implants in front and two in the back.
While implants typically go straight into your jawbone, the All-on-4 technique is different because the implants in the back of your jaw are inserted at an angle. This allows the implants to go into solid bone without needing a bone graft.
When all the implants are in place, Dr. Qing securely attaches your dentures to the implants. You may initially get temporary dentures, so you have a full mouth of teeth while you wait for your permanent dentures to be produced.
When you have fixed All-on-4 dentures, you treat them just like your natural teeth. Brush your All-on-4 dentures at least twice daily, using toothpaste if the teeth are made from zirconia or porcelain.
If your prosthetic teeth are acrylic, Dr. Qing suggests the best way to brush your teeth to preserve the acrylic.
You also need to clean between the dentures and gums. You can use a water flosser or special floss thread that has a firm end you can easily slide under the dentures.
With meticulous maintenance, you can have long-term success with All-in-4 dentures. But if they need to be repaired or you encounter problems, Dr. Qing provides comprehensive repairs in the office.
To learn more about All-on-4 dentures, call Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics or schedule an appointment online.