In Boise, the quest for an incredible smile can lead people to think about fixed partial dentures. But are these the ideal solution for everyone? At Boise Dentures and Implants, we believe there are superior alternatives which can better serve 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, commonly known as dental bridges, are permanent prosthetics which fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, these are cemented on top of existing teeth or implants, providing a firm and natural feel. While they offer a viable solution for dental restoration, it’s crucial to review all your options before making a determination.

Benefits of Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Natural Look: Their main advantage is a natural look, as they can be matched to the color of remaining teeth for a seamless look.
  • Enhanced Usability: They fill gaps from missing teeth, restoring functions such as speaking and chewing. Plus, their stable placement allows for a more natural range of motion, enabling clearer speech and enjoyment of a greater variety of foods.
  • Strength: Typically made from durable materials like porcelain or zirconia, fixed partial dentures are designed to easily manage daily biting and chewing. Also, with care, they provide a lasting solution for many people.
  • Quick Placement: It usually takes multiple visits to complete this procedure, making it a fast choice for people seeking timely dental fixes.

Problems with Fixed Partial Dentures

  • Cost: Fixed partial dentures are often a significant financial investment, often costing more than removable dentures. Although insurance may cover a portion, patients can find themselves paying a considerable amount out-of-pocket.
  • Maintenance: These dentures require a meticulous daily cleaning regimen to prevent decay and gum disease around the bridge. Special flossers or interdental brushes are usually needed to clean beneath the artificial tooth, adding both time and expense to daily oral hygiene.
  • Limited Lifespan: While these can last up to 15 years with proper care, fixed partial dentures are not meant to be a lifetime solution. Over time, they might need to be replaced or repaired, incurring additional fees and dental visits.
  • Can Become Damaged: Fixed partial dentures rely on neighboring teeth for stability, which can put undue stress on these teeth. Over time, this often leads to weakening, decay, or even loss of the supporting teeth, requiring additional dental work.
  • Bone Degradation: Unlike teeth implants, fixed partial dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, which can lead to loss of bone over time. This can affect facial structure and may require more procedures to correct.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Over time, the color of the denture might not match the natural aging and discoloration of your existing teeth. Additionally, gum recession may occur, affecting the appearance and requiring adaptation or replacement of the denture.
  • Complexity with Cases of Several Missing Teeth: When multiple teeth are absent from different parts of the mouth, this procedure can become complex and ineffective, often requiring multiple dental procedures which can be both expensive and cumbersome.

While fixed partial dentures offer some advantages, their disadvantages can be troublesome, especially when considering long-term oral health and functionality. If you’re looking for a more complete and long-term option, the All-On-4 procedure by Boise Dentures and Implants may be a better option for you.

Let’s explore why.

What Are All-On-4 Implants?

All-On-4 implants, also called “Teeth in a Day,” provide an advanced method of dental restoration. Through the use of only four to six strategically placed implants, this operation can support an entire arch of teeth. Not only will it get rid of 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 offers immediate aesthetic and functional improvement.
  • Tactical 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.
  • Permanent: Secured in place, providing a more convenient and comfortable experience as they don’t need nightly removal to clean.
  • Better Quality of Life: Contribute to improved speech, eating capabilities, and overall confidence.
  • Time-Saving: The entire procedure can often be completed in a single day, making it a time-efficient solution for smile restoration.
  • Longevity: Designed for long-term use, frequently outlasting other dental restoration options.

What are Single Implants?

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

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

Here are some key features of single-tooth implants:

  • Natural Appearance: They provide a stable, natural look and feel.
  • Solid Attachment: Once placed, they are attached securely and permanently.
  • Less 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 do not negatively affect the surrounding 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 bone. 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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While fixed partial dentures provide a solution for missing teeth, All-On-4 dental implants result in a more complete and long-lasting solution. At Boise Dentures and Implants, we offer 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.