In Peachtree, the search for a brilliant smile can lead people to think about fixed partial dentures. But are they the ideal solution for everyone? At Peachtree Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior options that can better serve your dental needs.

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

What Are Fixed Partial Dentures?

Fixed partial dentures, commonly 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 more stable and authentic feel. While they offer a viable solution for smile restoration, it’s important to consider all your choices before making a decision.

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Look: The primary benefit is a natural appearance, as they can match the tone of remaining teeth for a seamless look.
  • Advanced Functionality: Fixed partial dentures fill gaps from missing teeth, restoring functions like speaking and chewing. Plus, their stable placement favors a more natural range of motion, enabling clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Strength: Typically made from strong materials like zirconia or porcelain, fixed partial dentures are built to handle daily biting and chewing. And, with care, these provide a lasting option for many people.
  • Quick Installation: It typically takes a few visits to finish this procedure, making it a fast choice for those seeking timely dental fixes.

Disadvantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures can be a considerable financial investment, often costing more than traditional dentures. Although insurance may cover a portion, patients 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 dentures. Specialized flossers or interdental brushes are usually needed to clean underneath the artificial tooth, adding both expense and time to your daily routine.
  • Limited Lifespan: While they may last up to 15 years with regular care, fixed partial dentures are not meant to be a lifelong solution. Over time, they might require repair or replacement, incurring extra costs and office visits.
  • Potential for Damage: Fixed partial dentures rely on neighboring teeth for stability, which can put unnecessary strain on these teeth. Over time, this often leads to decay, weakening, or even loss of the neighboring teeth, requiring even more dental work.
  • Bone Loss: Unlike teeth implants, fixed partial dentures don’t stimulate the jawbone, which can cause bone loss over time. This can affect facial structure 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 may occur, affecting the look and requiring adaptation or replacement of the denture.
  • Complexity in Cases of Several Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are missing from different parts of the mouth, the procedure can become complex and less effective, often requiring multiple dental solutions which can be both costly and cumbersome.

While fixed partial dentures offer some benefits, their disadvantages can be significant, especially when considering long-term oral health and functionality. If you’re seeking a more complete and durable solution, the All-On-4 procedure by Peachtree Dentures and Implants may be a better choice for you.

Let’s explore why.

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

All-On-4 implants, also known as “Teeth in a Day,” provide a revolutionary method of smile restoration. Through the use of just four to six strategically placed screws, this operation can support an entire arch of teeth. Not only does it get rid of the need for bone grafting, but it also allows for immediate prosthetic placement, blending practicality with aesthetics.

Top Benefits

  • Immediate Loading: Same-day placement offers immediate aesthetic and functional improvement.
  • Strategic Implant Placement: The four to six implants maximize existing bone usage, providing a stable foundation for prosthetics.
  • Natural Appearance: Designed to closely mirror the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Non-Removable: Secured in place, providing a more convenient and enjoyable experience as they do not need nightly removal to clean.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speaking, eating capabilities, and total confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The entire procedure can often be completed in a single day, making it a time-saving solution for smile restoration.
  • Longevity: Designed for long-term use, often lasting longer than other dental restoration choices.

What are Single-Tooth Dental Implants?

Single-tooth implants are a fantastic choice for repairing chipped or missing teeth in a small area. These dental implants are comprised of three main components:

  • Implant Post (or Body): This foundational component is implanted into the jawbone, providing a solid base.
  • Abutment: This element connects the implant post to the visible piece of the implant.
  • Crown: This component serves as the visible top part of the implant.

Here are some top benefits of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Look: Single-tooth implants provide a solid, natural look and feel.
  • Solid Attachment: Once placed, they are attached securely and permanently.
  • Reduced Bone Loss: They significantly reduce bone loss after the removal of a natural tooth or teeth.
  • No Impact on Neighboring Teeth: Unlike other options, such as bridges, single-tooth implants will not negatively affect the surrounding teeth.

The procedure typically takes five to six months from beginning to end, including a four-month span for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. After this, impressions are taken, and the crown is fabricated 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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Although fixed partial dentures offer a solution for missing teeth, All-On-4 implants provide a more complete and long-lasting solution. At Peachtree Dentures and Implants, we provide a personalized approach at affordable prices. Don’t settle for less; get in touch today and take the first step towards a more confident and brighter.