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Important Dental Terminology
>Important Dental Terms
An abutment is an implant or a tooth that supports the dental prosthesis.
There are many different types of anesthesia. General anesthesia is a controlled period of unconsciousness in which the patient completely or partially loses protective reflexes. Intravenous sedation is a medically-induced depressed consciousness that maintains patient reflexes for protection. It also maintains the airways and the ability to respond to verbal commands/stimulation. This includes the intravenous administration of an analgesic agent and/or a sedative. The patient is subsequently monitored as necessary.
This term represents the lower or upper denture.
This term refers to a premolar tooth. It is a tooth characterized by two cusps.
Also known as teeth whitening, this cosmetic dental procedure whitens the teeth with a bleaching solution to the shade selected by the patient.
Bonding is a composite resin applied to the teeth to alter their color and/or shape. Bonding is also a reference to how fillings, fixed partial dentures or orthodontic appliances are connected to the teeth.
When it comes to important dental terminology, calculus is high up on the list. It is an uber-hard deposit of a mineralized material that connects to the crowns and/or tooth roots.
This term means tooth decay.
A cavity is tooth decay spurred by caries. Cavities are also called carious lesions.
Crown procedures involve the fusing of a porcelain crown to a non-precious metal. Crown types include the artificial variety, abutment crowns, and anatomical crowns.
This is an artificial device that substitutes for one or several missing teeth.
This is the hard and calcified tissue that covers the dentin of the tooth.
Tooth extraction is a removal of the tooth or parts of the teeth. A simple extraction does not mandate a sectioning of the tooth or any other special procedure.
This term refers to the restoration of a lost tooth structure with materials like composite or amalgam. Composite is a white/tooth-colored filling that looks just like regular teeth.
This is the soft tissue overlying the crowns of teeth that have not yet erupted. It surrounds the necks of teeth that have emerged.
In terms of important dental terminology, gingivitis is quite important. It refers to the inflammation of the gingival tissue that does not involve the loss or deterioration of connecting tissues.
A graft is tissue or alloplastic that connects with the tissue to supplement deficiencies and remedy a defect.
This is a partially erupted or unerupted tooth positioned by another tooth, soft tissue or bone that means a complete eruption probably won't occur.
This refers to the improper alignment of chewing or biting surfaces of the lower and upper teeth.
Molars are positioned behind the premolars, also known as the bicuspids.
This is a reference to the biting portion of the molar and premolar teeth or surfaces that contact one another.
This is an infection within the gum pocket that damages soft and hard tissues.
The inflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth, resulting in an abnormally deep gingival calculus, possibly producing periodontal pockets and the loss of supporting alveolar bone.
Inflammation and loss of the connective tissue of the supporting or surrounding structure of teeth with loss of attachment.
This is the sticky and soft substance that gradually accumulates along the teeth. It is mainly comprised of bacteria.
The removal of calculus, plaque, and stains from your teeth.
Abrasion is wear caused by forces beyond simple chewing. Tooth abrasion can be caused by holding objects between teeth or a flawed brushing technique. Those who press too hard when brushing often show signs of tooth abrasion during dental check-ups.
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