In Durham, the quest for an amazing smile can lead people to consider fixed partial dentures. But are these the ideal solution for everyone? At Durham Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior alternatives 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 more effective alternatives: All-On-4 and single implants.

What Are Fixed Partial Dentures?

Fixed partial dentures, commonly known as dental bridges, are non-removable prosthetics which fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, providing a more stable and authentic feel. While they provide an effective solution for dental restoration, it’s important to review all your choices before making a decision.

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Appearance: The main benefit is a natural appearance, as they can match the tone of remaining teeth for a seamless look.
  • Enhanced Usability: Fixed partial dentures fill gaps from missing teeth, restoring functions such as chewing and speaking. Also, the stable placement allows for a more natural range of motion, allowing clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Strength: Often made from resilient materials like porcelain or zirconia, they’re built to easily manage daily chewing and biting. Also, with regular upkeep, these provide a lasting option for many.
  • Quick Installation: It usually takes a few visits to complete this procedure, making it a quick solution for people seeking timely dental fixes.

Problems with Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures can be a considerable financial investment, often costing more than standard dentures. Although insurance may cover a portion, people can find themselves paying quite a bit out-of-pocket.
  • Upkeep: These dentures require a precise daily cleaning regimen to prevent decay and gum disease around the bridge. Special flossers or interdental brushes are usually needed to clean underneath the artificial tooth, adding both time and expense to daily oral hygiene.
  • Limited Lifespan: While they can last up to 15 years with regular care, these dentures are not meant to be a lifelong solution. Over time, they might need to be replaced or repaired, incurring extra costs and dental visits.
  • Potential for Damage: They rely on adjacent teeth for stability, which can put unwarranted strain on these teeth. Over time, this can lead to decay, weakening, or even loss of the supporting teeth, requiring further dental work.
  • Bone Loss: Unlike teeth implants, fixed partial dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, which can cause loss of bone over time. This can affect the structure of your face and may require additional procedures to correct.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Over time, the color of the denture might not match the normal aging and discoloration of your existing teeth. Also, gum recession can occur, impacting the look and requiring adjustment or replacement of the denture.
  • Difficulty with Cases of Multiple Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are absent from different parts of the mouth, the procedure can become complex and ineffective, often requiring multiple dental solutions which can be both costly and inconvenient.

Although fixed partial dentures provide some advantages, their disadvantages can be troublesome, especially when considering long-term functionality and oral health. If you’re seeking a more complete and long-term solution, the Teeth-In-A-Day procedure by Durham Dentures and Implants may be the superior choice for you.

Let’s review why.

What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

All-On-4 implants, also called “Teeth in a Day,” offer a revolutionary method of dental restoration. By using only four to six strategically placed screws, this operation can support an entire arch of teeth. Not only will it remove the need for bone grafting, but it also allows for same-day prosthetic placement, blending practicality with aesthetics.

Top Benefits

  • Immediate Usage: Same-day placement offers immediate functional and aesthetic improvement.
  • Tactical Implant Placement: The four to six implants maximize existing bone usage, providing a solid foundation for prosthetics.
  • Natural Look: Designed to closely mirror the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Permanent: Secured in place, offering a more convenient and comfortable experience as they do not need nightly removal for cleaning.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speaking, eating ability, and overall confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The complete procedure can often be finished in a single day, making it a time-efficient solution for dental restoration.
  • Longevity: Engineered for long-term use, frequently outlasting other smile restoration options.

What are Single Dental Implants?

Single-tooth implants are an excellent option for restoring broken or missing teeth in a small area. These dental implants are comprised of three main parts:

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

Here are some key benefits of single-tooth implants:

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

The procedure typically takes five to six months from start to finish, including a four-month span for the implant to integrate into the bone. After this, impressions are taken, and the crown is created and placed.

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 implants provide a more complete and long-lasting solution. At Durham Dentures and Implants, we offer 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.