We have patients come into our office every day in need of dental solutions. Dr. Roe is a Board Certified Prosthodontist here in Dallas. He is a dental specialist and has the ability to replace one or more missing teeth. Also, he can offer same day dentures in Dallas, TX.
Many people are missing some or all of their teeth. There are several treatment options for those that are in that position. Fixed dentures are a popular choice because it allows you to chew and talk without the teeth moving. The teeth are fixed in the mouth so that they cannot be taken out by anyone other than the dentist.
What are Fixed Dentures?
Check out the fixed dentures picture above. It shows you how the implants are placed in the jaw. Fixed dentures are hybrids between a denture and an implant-supported bridge. This is why they are often called hybrids. Fixed dentures are also known as All-on-4 ® dental implants because they are fixed to four implants that are placed in the jawbone. Fixed dentures are made to replace missing soft and hard tissue, or teeth and gums. The replacement looks similar to a denture but is connected to multiple dental implants. Unlike an implant-retained overdenture, fixed dentures are retained and supported by dental implants. This means that the fixed denture doesn’t really rest much on the mouth tissue and jaw, but instead rests on the dental implants.
Are All-on-4® Dental Implants The Same as Fixed Dentures?
Yes, All-on-four® dental implants are dental hybrids. The implants that are placed in the jaw is what keeps the teeth from moving. This option keeps you from having to rely on denture adhesives. Also, it gives you the best functionality for chewing. The reason that a fixed denture is called All-on-four® is that it must rest on a minimum of four implants. The implants are strategically placed in your mouth to support a full set of teeth. In some instances, the number of required implants may be six to eight. Fixed dentures are considered the “Cadillac” of dental treatment.
Why Choose Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
Many people choose dental implants instead of dentures because they function like natural teeth. These hybrid prostheses also offer a beautiful natural smile. You will have a full complement of teeth that function well for chewing. Here’s a look at the effectiveness of each prosthetic for chewing. There is absolutely no movement of the teeth in your mouth like there is with dentures or 4-implant locator overdentures. That means that your ability to chew is greatly improved when you go with All-on-4® dental implants. They do not come out of the mouth except when removed by the dentist for routine evaluation and cleanings. Here is a look at the functionality of each of these prosthetics.
In some cases, it is possible for a temporary fixed denture to be placed the same day the last teeth are removed. In these instances, all remaining teeth are removed, 4-6 dental implants are placed, and a temporary fixed denture is inserted to be worn while healing occurs. Many times, we make your teeth right here in our office. We have a lab where Dr. Roe handcrafts your smile. All of your treatment will take place under our care, from start to finish.
Fixed Dentures FAQ’s
Here at Pro Dental Dallas, we always want to answer our patients’ questions as best as we can. Here are a few that we often receive:
What Does Fixed Partial Denture Mean?
A fixed partial denture (FDP) is attached mechanically, screwed, or joined to natural teeth, dental implant abutments, or roots.
How to Remove Fixed Denture?
Fixed dentures can be removed in our dental office by Dr. Roe. If you have an implant supported prosthetic, he will unscrew it from the abutment. This should be done once a year by Dr. Roe to be cleaned and inspected. In some cases, it may need to be cut off if it won’t come off with the removal tool.
How to Clean Fixed Denture?
Since this prosthetic does not come out like traditional dentures, you will brush them the same way you do natural teeth. You’ll want to use an extra-soft bristled brush and a denture approved toothpaste.
To clean the gums under your dental appliance, you will need to use superfloss. This specific floss has an end that can be threaded under the denture. Also, you can use a water flosser to clean.
What is a Fixed Denture Vs. a Removable Denture?
A fixed denture is only ever removed by the dentist, whereas removable dentures should be removed by the patient for cleaning. The fixed appliance will not move around in the mouth and has little chance of falling out. It is treated more like your natural teeth.
A removable denture must be removed every night for cleaning. It should not be worn during sleep. Also, dentures can move while talking or eating.
What is a Fixed Denture Vs. Bridge?
Most often, fixed dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. A bridge is a good option when you have one or two missing teeth. Both of these options are fixed in the mouth and do not require the dental appliance to be removed by the patient.
What Are Fixed Denture Advantages and Disadvantages?
There are many advantages to fixed dentures. Patients love that it allows them to eat and talk without them moving around. Also, this prosthetic can be worn to bed and stays in your mouth while cleaning.
One of the disadvantages to this type of appliance is cleaning. To keep your gums healthy, you must stay diligent in cleaning the gums underneath the denture.
Financing Options For Dental Implants
We work with our patients to make sure they can afford the dental implants they need. That is why we offer financing options to our patients. You can sign up with financing through these two sources:
Our practice is pleased to offer GreenSky. Their variety of flexible plans provide convenient payment options so you can get started with your care faster. Click the button to apply now with a simple online application.
Once you are approved for Care Credit, you can make monthly payments. They have interest free options for 12 months plans. If you need longer then that, they offer extended plans for up to 60 months with interest.
We Work With All Insurance Companies
Our office is willing to work with all insurance companies. We are not controlled by insurances, so they cannot dictate your care, but we’re happy to file with your insurance company for reimbursement. We will collect our fee at the time of service and your insurance company will send you reimbursement directly for anything they cover.
Contact Us Today
If you’ve lost all of your teeth or are on the verge of losing your teeth, and want something that cannot be removed from the mouth, a fixed denture in Dallas, Texas, may be the best option for you. We can also offer same day dentures in Dallas. We welcome you to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jason Roe to discuss your options. Call us today at Pro Dental Dallas!