In Stockbridge, the search for a brilliant smile often leads people to consider fixed partial dentures. But are these the best solution for everyone? At Stockbridge Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior choices that can better fit your dental needs.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into what fixed partial dentures are, examine their advantages and drawbacks, 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 which fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, these are cemented onto natural teeth or implants, providing a more stable and natural feel. While they provide a viable solution for smile restoration, it’s important to review all your options before making a decision.

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Look: Their main benefit is a natural appearance, as the materials can match the color of remaining teeth for a seamless look.
  • Advanced Usability: Fixed partial dentures fill gaps from missing teeth, restoring functions like speaking and chewing. Plus, their reliable placement allows for a more natural range of motion, enabling clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Durability: Often made from resilient materials such as zirconia or porcelain, they’re built to easily manage daily chewing and biting. And, with regular upkeep, these offer a lasting option for many people.
  • Quick Installation: It typically takes multiple visits to finish the procedure, making it a fast option for those seeking timely dental fixes.

Disadvantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures are often a considerable financial investment, usually costing more than removable dentures. While insurance may cover a portion, patients 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 typically needed to clean underneath the prosthetic tooth, adding both time and expense to your daily routine.
  • Limited Lifespan: Although these may last up to 15 years with routine care, these dentures are not a lifetime solution. Over time, they may require repair or replacement, incurring extra costs and dental visits.
  • Potential for Damage: They rely on adjacent teeth for stability, which can put unwarranted force on these teeth. Eventually, this often leads to decay, weakening, or even loss of the neighboring teeth, requiring additional 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 Issues: Over time, the color of the denture might not match the natural aging and discoloration of your remaining teeth. Also, gum recession may occur, impacting the appearance and requiring adaptation or replacement of the denture.
  • Difficulty with Cases of Multiple Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are missing in different parts of the mouth, the procedure can become intricate and ineffective, often requiring a combination of dental solutions which can be both expensive and inconvenient.

While fixed partial dentures provide 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 option, the Teeth-In-A-Day procedure by Stockbridge Dentures and Implants may be the superior option for you.

Let’s explore why.

What Are Teeth-In-A-Day Implants?

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

Top Features

  • Immediate Loading: Same-day placement offers immediate functional and aesthetic improvement.
  • Tactical Implant Placement: The four to six implants maximize the use of existing bone, providing a stable base for prosthetics.
  • Natural Look: Crafted to closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Non-Removable: Secured in place, providing a more convenient and enjoyable experience as these don’t need nightly removal to clean.
  • Better Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speaking, eating capabilities, and total confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The complete procedure can often be completed in a single day, making it a time-saving option for smile restoration.
  • Longevity: Engineered for long-term use, often lasting longer than other smile restoration procedures.

What are Single-Tooth Implants?

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

  • Implant Post (or Body): This foundational piece is embedded into the jawbone, providing a solid base.
  • Abutment: This piece links the anchor post to the visible part of the implant.
  • Crown: This component serves as the visible “tooth” part of the implant.

Here are some top features of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Look: Single-tooth implants provide a stable, natural look and feel.
  • Firm Attachment: Once placed, they are attached securely and permanently.
  • Less Bone Loss: They greatly minimize bone loss after the removal of a natural tooth or teeth.
  • No Impact on Adjacent Teeth: Unlike other options, such as bridges, single implants do not adversely affect 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 bone. Afterwards, impressions are taken, and the crown is designed 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 offer a solution for missing teeth, All-On-4 implants result in a more complete and permanent solution. At Stockbridge 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 more confident and brighter.