What is a Fixed Prosthesis?
Fixed dentures are a dental treatment method used to permanently replace missing teeth. This is usually accomplished through dental implants or bridges and offers an aesthetic and functional solution that is similar to natural tooth structure. Fixed dentures address the problems caused by tooth loss, providing the patient with a healthy smile and strong chewing function.
How to make a fixed tooth prosthesis
In the first stage of a fixed tooth prosthesis, the dentist evaluates the patient's general health and oral structure and performs detailed examinations using digital imaging technologies. If an implant-supported prosthesis is preferred, dental implants are placed in the appropriate areas.
In the prosthetic preparation phase, the dentist takes measurements and selects the color/form for the prosthesis. Then, dental technicians design and fabricate the custom-made denture to achieve an aesthetic appearance. The denture is placed by the dentist in accordance with the patient's oral structure.
Final checks and adjustments are made to ensure the patient's function, aesthetics and comfort. This process involves a carefully planned dental treatment method to achieve a natural look and ensure patient satisfaction.
In Which Situations Is Fixed Prosthesis Applied?
Fixed dentures offer an effective solution for the treatment of various dental problems. The main situations where fixed prosthesis can be applied are:
- In case of loss of one or more teeth, a fixed prosthesis is used to permanently replace the missing teeth.
- Fixed dentures can be applied to solve aesthetic problems caused by missing teeth and to obtain a natural smile.
- Fixed prosthesis can be preferred to eliminate the loss of chewing functions caused by tooth loss.
- In case of tooth loss, a fixed prosthesis can be applied by creating a bridge based on neighboring teeth.
- If the jaw bones are suitable for missing teeth, it is easier to use fixed prostheses supported by implants.
- Fixed dentures can be used to restore worn, decayed or damaged teeth.
Fixed dentures can be used to treat these conditions, as well as many other dental problems, and can offer solutions tailored to individual needs. However, it is important to consult a dentist for the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.
What are the Advantages of Fixed Prostheses?
Fixed dentures offer a number of advantages over the aesthetic and functional problems associated with tooth loss:
- Fixed dentures made of porcelain or ceramic materials provide an aesthetic appearance similar to natural teeth.
- Fixed dentures offer a strong chewing function by permanently replacing missing teeth.
- Prostheses fixed through dental implants or bridges offer a long-lasting and durable solution.
- Fixed prostheses, which are prepared with special measurements by considering patient harmony and comfort, provide a comfortable use.
- Fixed dentures, which have a low risk of damaging the teeth, have minimal effect on neighboring teeth.
- It improves dental function while eliminating aesthetic loss.
- Fixed dentures offer easy care and cleaning like natural teeth.
- Implant-supported fixed prostheses support the jaw structure by adapting to the jawbone.
Types of Fixed Prosthetic Teeth
A wide range of fixed dentures is available. These options include porcelain veneer bridges, implant-supported fixed dentures, metal-supported porcelain crowns and bridges, full ceramic dentures, combined dentures and metal ceramic dentures.
Porcelain veneer bridges offer an aesthetic appearance that matches the natural tooth color, while implant-supported prostheses offer an ideal solution for cases that do not have a solid jaw structure. Metal-backed porcelain crowns and bridges are an option that increases durability, while full ceramic dentures minimize aesthetic concerns.
Combined dentures offer advantages in terms of both aesthetics and durability. Metal-ceramic dentures offer an aesthetic combination with a strong foundation. Each type of fixed prosthesis is selected to create a customized treatment plan based on the patient's needs and the dentist's assessment.
Care and Cleaning of Fixed Dentures
Regular care and cleaning of fixed dentures is important for long-lasting, healthy oral care. Some important points to consider for the care and cleaning of fixed dentures:
Flossing: Flossing is an effective method for removing plaque and debris accumulated between dentures and in the areas around the gums.
Preference for a Soft Toothbrush: A toothbrush with soft bristles should be used. Hard brushes can cause damage to dentures and gums.
Using a Special Denture Brush: Using denture brushes specially designed for denture cleaning provides a more effective cleaning.
Regular Dental Checkups: Regular visits to the dentist are important to monitor the condition of dentures and oral health.
Healthy Eating Habits: Avoid sugary and sticky foods, which can reduce plaque buildup on dentures.