In Valley, the quest for a brilliant smile often leads people to consider fixed partial dentures. But are they the ideal solution for everyone? At Valley Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior options which can better fit your dental needs.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into what fixed partial dentures are, review their pros and cons, and introduce you to better options: All-On-4 and single implants.

What Are Fixed Partial Dentures?

Fixed partial dentures, also known as dental bridges, are permanent prosthetics that fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, these are cemented onto natural teeth or implants, providing a firm and natural feel. While they provide an effective solution for smile restoration, it’s important to consider all your choices before making a decision.

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Appearance: The primary benefit is a natural look, as the materials can be matched to the tone of existing teeth for a seamless look.
  • Advanced Functionality: Fixed partial dentures fill spaces from missing teeth, restoring functions like speaking and chewing. Also, the reliable placement favors a more natural range of motion, allowing clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Strength: Typically made from resilient materials like zirconia or porcelain, they’re designed to easily manage daily chewing and biting. Also, with care, these offer a lasting solution for many.
  • Quick Installation: It typically takes multiple visits to finish this procedure, making it a fast option for those looking for timely dental fixes.

Problems with Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures can be a significant financial investment, usually costing more than standard dentures. Although insurance may pay for a portion, people can find themselves paying quite a bit out-of-pocket.
  • Maintenance: These dentures require a precise daily cleaning regimen to prevent gum disease and decay around the bridge. Special flossers or interdental brushes are usually needed to clean underneath the artificial tooth, adding both expense and time to your daily routine.
  • Limited Lifespan: Although they may last up to 15 years with routine care, fixed partial dentures are not meant to be a lifetime solution. Over time, they might require repair or replacement, incurring extra fees and office visits.
  • Can Become Damaged: They rely on neighboring teeth for stability, which can place undue force on these teeth. Over time, this can lead to weakening, decay, or even loss of the neighboring teeth, requiring further dental work.
  • Bone Loss: Unlike teeth implants, fixed partial dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, which can cause bone loss over time. This can affect facial structure and may require more procedures to correct.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Over time, the color of the denture might not match the normal aging and discoloration of your existing teeth. Additionally, gum recession can occur, affecting the appearance and requiring adaptation or replacement of the denture.
  • Complexity in Cases of Several Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are missing in different parts of the mouth, the procedure can become intricate and less effective, often requiring multiple dental solutions which can be both costly and cumbersome.

While fixed partial dentures provide some benefits, their disadvantages can be significant, especially when considering long-term functionality and oral health. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive and long-term solution, the Teeth-In-A-Day procedure by Valley Dentures and Implants may be a better choice for you.

Let’s review why.

What Are Teeth-In-A-Day Dental Implants?

All-On-4 implants, also known as “Teeth in a Day,” provide an advanced approach to smile restoration. Through the use of only four to six strategically placed screws, this procedure can support an entire arch of teeth. Not only will it eliminate the necessity of bone grafting, but it also allows for immediate prosthetic placement, blending perfectly with aesthetics.

Stand-Out Features

  • Immediate Usage: Same-day placement gives immediate functional and aesthetic improvement.
  • Tactical Implant Placement: The four to six implants maximize existing bone usage, providing a firm base for prosthetics.
  • Natural Look: Designed to closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Non-Removable: Secured in place, offering a more convenient and enjoyable experience as these don’t require nightly removal for cleaning.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speech, eating capabilities, and overall confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The entire procedure can often be completed in just one day, making it a time-efficient solution for dental restoration.
  • Long-Term Durability: Engineered for long-term use, often outlasting other dental restoration procedures.

What are Single Implants?

Single-tooth implants are an excellent solution for repairing damaged or missing teeth in a localized area. These implants are comprised of three main components:

  • Implant Post (or Body): This foundational element is implanted into the jawbone, providing stability.
  • Abutment: This component attaches the foundation post to the visible part of the implant.
  • Crown: This element serves as the visible top part of the implant.

Here are some top benefits of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Look: They provide a stable, natural look and feel.
  • Solid Attachment: Once placed, they are attached securely and permanently.
  • Less Bone Loss: Single-tooth implants significantly reduce bone loss after the removal of a natural tooth or teeth.
  • No Stress on Adjacent Teeth: Unlike other options, like bridges, single implants do not negatively affect the near-by teeth.

This procedure often takes five to six months from start to finish, including a four-month span for the implant to integrate into the bone. Afterwards, impressions are taken, and the crown is fabricated and added.

All-On-4 Implants vs. Single Implants vs. Fixed Partial Dentures: A Tabular Comparison

CriteriaFixed Partial DenturesAll-On-4 ImplantsSingle Implants
AppearanceNatural but variesConsistently naturalHighly natural
Durability5-15 yearsDesigned for longevityLong-lasting with proper care
CostVaries, often expensiveMore cost-effective in the long runMost expensive upfront
MaintenanceRequires careful cleaningEasier maintenanceEasiest to maintain
Installation TimeMultiple visitsSingle day procedureMultiple visits, longer healing time
Bone Grafting NeededNoUsually not neededOften required
FunctionalityEnhanced but limitedMost functionalHighly functional

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While fixed partial dentures provide a solution for missing teeth, All-On-4 dental implants provide a more comprehensive and enduring alternative. At Valley Dentures and Implants, we provide a personalized approach at competitive prices. Don’t settle for less; contact us today and take the first step towards a brighter, more confident smile.