Prosthetic dental treatment is a dental treatment method that aims to replace missing teeth or the parts of teeth that have been lost with functional and aesthetic substitutes. This treatment method is performed using artificial teeth or dental prostheses that mimic natural teeth.
Prosthetic dental treatments are generally divided into two main categories: fixed and removable prostheses. Fixed prostheses include methods such as crowns, bridges, and laminate veneers, while removable prostheses are divided into partial and full dentures.
A crown is a type of prosthesis that surrounds the tooth when there is not enough natural tooth structure. A bridge is made by using adjacent teeth as support when there is one or more missing teeth. Laminate veneers are a type of prosthesis that is preferred for aesthetic purposes in areas such as the front teeth, and only minimal preparation is needed on the front surface of the tooth.
The materials used depend on the type of prosthesis, but the main ones include metal-supported porcelain, zirconia-supported porcelain, monolithic zirconia, and all-ceramic materials.
Partial dentures are preferred when the number of remaining teeth in the relevant jaw and their functional status are not suitable for fixed prostheses. Full dentures are used when there are no teeth left in the relevant jaw.
Prosthetic dental treatment is applied according to a treatment plan determined by dentists based on the condition and needs of the teeth and entire mouth. This treatment method helps to correct missing or damaged teeth and to achieve a functional and aesthetic appearance of the teeth.