In Reno, the quest for an amazing smile often leads people to consider fixed partial dentures. But are these the best option for everyone? At Reno Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior alternatives which can better fit your dental needs.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll review what fixed partial dentures are, 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, also known as dental bridges, are permanent prosthetics that fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, they are cemented onto natural teeth or implants, providing a firm and natural feel. While these offer an effective solution for dental restoration, it’s important to weigh all your choices before making a determination.

Advantages of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Look: The main advantage is a natural look, as they can be matched to the tone of existing teeth for a seamless look.
  • Advanced Usability: They fill spaces from missing teeth, restoring functions like speaking and chewing. Plus, the stable placement favors a more natural range of motion, allowing clearer speech and enjoyment of various foods.
  • Durability: Typically made from durable materials such as zirconia or porcelain, fixed partial dentures are built to handle daily biting and chewing. And, with regular upkeep, these offer a lasting option for many people.
  • Fast Placement: It typically takes a few visits to finish the procedure, making it a quick choice for those seeking timely dental fixes.

Problems with Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Expense: Fixed partial dentures can be a considerable financial investment, often costing more than standard dentures. While insurance may pay for a portion, people often find themselves paying a considerable amount out-of-pocket.
  • Upkeep: These dentures require a meticulous daily cleaning regimen to prevent decay and gum disease around the dentures. Special flossers or interdental brushes are typically needed to clean beneath the prosthetic tooth, adding both time and expense to your daily routine.
  • Limited Lifespan: While these can last up to 15 years with regular care, these dentures are not a lifetime solution. Over time, they might need to be replaced or repaired, incurring extra fees and office visits.
  • Can Become Damaged: Fixed partial dentures rely on neighboring teeth for stability, which can put unwarranted stress on these teeth. Eventually, this often leads to weakening, decay, or even loss of the adjacent teeth, requiring further dental work.
  • Bone Degradation: 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 additional procedures to correct.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Over time, the color of the denture might not match the normal aging and discoloration of your remaining teeth. Also, gum recession can occur, affecting the look and requiring adaptation or replacement of the prosthetic.
  • Difficulty with Cases of Multiple Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are missing from different parts of the mouth, this procedure can become complex and ineffective, often requiring multiple dental procedures that can be both costly and cumbersome.

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

Let’s explore why.

What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

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

Stand-Out 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 firm base for prosthetics.
  • Natural Appearance: Crafted to closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Non-Removable: Secured in place, providing a more convenient and comfortable experience as they do not need nightly removal for cleaning.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speaking, eating capabilities, and total confidence.
  • Time-Efficient: The complete procedure can often be completed in just one day, making it a time-efficient option for dental restoration.
  • Long-Term Durability: Designed for long-term use, frequently lasting longer than other dental restoration options.

What are Single Dental Implants?

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

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

Here are some key benefits of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Look: Single-tooth implants provide a solid, natural look and feel.
  • Solid Attachment: Once placed, these types of implants are attached securely and permanently.
  • Less Bone Loss: Single-tooth implants greatly reduce bone loss after the removal of a natural tooth or teeth.
  • No Impact on Neighboring Teeth: Unlike other options, such as bridges, single implants will not adversely affect the near-by teeth.

This procedure typically takes five to six months from beginning to end, including a four-month period for the implant to integrate into the jawbone. 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 dental implants result in a more complete and long-lasting solution. At Reno 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 brighter, more confident smile.