In Fairfax, the search for an amazing smile can lead people to research fixed partial dentures. But are these the right solution for everyone? At Fairfax Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior options that can better fit your dental needs.

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

What Are Fixed Partial Dentures?

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

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Appearance: Their primary advantage is a natural appearance, as the materials can be matched to the tone of existing teeth for a seamless look.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Fixed partial dentures fill spaces from missing teeth, restoring functions like chewing and speaking. Also, their reliable placement allows for a more natural range of motion, allowing clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Durability: Often made from resilient materials such as porcelain or zirconia, they’re designed to easily manage daily biting and chewing. And, with care, these offer a lasting option for many people.
  • Fast Installation: It typically takes a few visits to finish this procedure, making it a quick solution for those seeking timely dental fixes.

Problems with Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures can be a significant financial investment, usually costing more than removable dentures. While insurance may pay for a portion, people can find themselves paying quite a bit out-of-pocket.
  • Upkeep: These dentures require a meticulous regular cleaning regimen to prevent gum disease and decay around the bridge. Specialized flossers or interdental brushes are often needed to clean beneath the prosthetic tooth, adding both expense and time to your daily routine.
  • Limited Lifespan: Although these can 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 fees and office visits.
  • Can Become Damaged: Fixed partial dentures rely on neighboring teeth for stability, which can put unnecessary stress on these teeth. Over time, this often leads to weakening, decay, or even loss of the neighboring teeth, requiring further dental work.
  • Bone Degradation: Unlike dental implants, fixed partial dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, which can lead to bone loss over time. This can impact facial structure and may require additional procedures to correct.
  • Aesthetic Issues: Over time, the color of the denture may not match the natural aging and discoloration of your remaining teeth. Additionally, gum recession can occur, affecting the look and requiring adaptation or replacement of the prosthetic.
  • Difficulty in Cases of Multiple Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are absent from different parts of the mouth, the procedure can become complex and less effective, often requiring a combination of dental solutions that can be both expensive and cumbersome.

Although fixed partial dentures offer some benefits, 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 Fairfax Dentures and Implants may be the superior choice for you.

Let’s explore why.

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

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

Stand-Out Features

  • Immediate Loading: Same-day placement provides immediate functional and aesthetic improvement.
  • Strategic Implant Placement: The four to six implants maximize the use of existing bone, providing a firm foundation for prosthetics.
  • Natural Look: Designed to closely mirror the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Non-Removable: Fixed in place, providing a more convenient and comfortable experience as these do not require nightly removal to clean.
  • Better Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speech, eating ability, and overall confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The complete procedure can often be finished in a single day, making it a time-saving option for dental restoration.
  • Longevity: Engineered for long-term use, frequently lasting longer than other dental restoration options.

What are Single Dental Implants?

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

  • Implant Post (or Body): This foundational component is placed into the jaw, providing stability.
  • Abutment: This piece 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 key features of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Look: They offer a solid, natural look and feel.
  • Secure Attachment: Once placed, they are attached securely and permanently.
  • Less Bone Loss: They significantly minimize 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 adversely impact the surrounding teeth.

This procedure typically takes five to six months from beginning to end, including a four-month span for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Afterwards, impressions are taken, and the crown is created 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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Although fixed partial dentures offer a solution for missing teeth, All-On-4 implants result in a more complete and permanent alternative. At Fairfax 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.