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AmalgamMaterial made from mercury and other alloy mixtures used to restore a drilled portion of a tooth
AnesthesiaMedications used to relieve pain
Anterior teethFront teeth. Also called incisors and cuspids
ArchThe upper or lower jaw teeth
Baby bottle tooth decayCaused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices which combine with saliva to form pools inside the babys mouth
BicuspidsBack teeth used for chewing
BitewingsX-rays that help a dentist diagnose cavities
BondingApplication of tooth-colored resin materials to the surface of the teeth
BridgeA fixed or removable appliance that replaces lost teeth.
BruxismTeeth grinding.
CalculusA sticky substance (also called tarter) that has hardened
CanalThe narrow chamber inside the tooths root.
CaninesAlso called cuspids.
Canker SoreA sore that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. A canker sore is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
CariesAnother term for decay which causes cavities.
Cold SoreA sore usually outside the mouth on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
Composite FillingTooth-colored restorations also known as resin fillings.
Composite ResinA tooth-colored resin combined with silica or porcelain and used as a restoration material.
ContouringThe process of reshaping teeth.
CrownAn artificial cover that is plopped on top of the tooth following restoration.
CuspidsThe third teeth counting the central or middle tooth as #1.
CuspsThe pointed parts of top of the back teeths chewing surface.
DentinThe tooth layer underneath the enamel.
DentureA removable set of teeth.
EndodonticsA form of dentistry that addresses the problems affecting the tooths root or nerve.
FluorideA naturally-occurring substance added to water toothpastes and some rinses and used to strengthen the tooths enamel and to prevent caries.
FluorosisA harmless over-exposure to fluoride resulting sometimes in tooth discoloration.
GingivaAnother word for gums.
GingivitisA minor disease of the gums cause by plague
Gum diseaseAn infection of the gum tissues. Also called periodontal disease.
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Impacted TeethA condition in which teeth fail to erupt or only partially erupts.
ImplantA fixture placed into the jaw which fuses with the bone so that a crown can replace a missing tooth
IncisorFront teeth with cutting edges; located in the center or on the sides near the front.
InlayAn artificial filling made of various materials including porcelain resin or gold
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Laminate VeneerA shell that is bonded to the enamel of a front tooth. The shell is usually thin and made from porcelain resin.
LaserLight amplification by stimulated emission of radiation; a single wavelength beam of highly-concentrated energy.
MalocclusionBad bite relationships.
MandibleThe lower jaw
MaxillaThe upper jaw
MolarUsually the largest teeth near the rear of the mouth. Molars have large chewing surfaces.
Neuromuscular DentistryDeals with the aches and pains felt in and around the neck and head associated with your teeth and jaw. TMJ PROBLEMS CAN BE RELIEVED!
OnlayA filling designed to protect the chewing surface of a tooth.
OrthodonticsA field of dentistry that deals with tooth and jaw alignment.
OverdentureA non-fixed dental appliance applied to a small number of natural teeth or implants.
PalateRoof of the Mouth.
Partial DentureA removable appliance that replaces teeth. Also called a bridge.
PedodonticsA field of dentistry that deals with childrens teeth and facial growth.
Perio PocketAn opening formed by receding gums.
Periodontal DiseaseInfection of the gum tissues. Also called gum disease.
PeriodontistA dentist who treats diseases of the gums.
Permanent TeethThe teeth that erupt after primary teeth. Also called adult teeth.
PlaqueA sticky colorless substance that covers the teeth after sleep or periods between brushing.
Posterior TeethThe bicuspids and molars. Also called the back teeth.
Primary TeethA persons first set of teeth. Also called baby teeth or temporary teeth.
ProphylaxisThe act of cleaning the teeth.
ProsthodonticsThe field of dentistry that deals with artificial dental appliances to restore missing teeth and healthy function.
PulpThe inner tissues of the tooth containing blood nerves and connective tissue.
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Receding GumsA condition in which the gums separate from the tooth allowing bacteria and other substances to attack the tooths enamel and surrounding bone.
Resin FillingAn artificial filling used to restore teeth; also called a composite filling.
Root Canal TreatmentA procedure in which a tooths nerve is removed and an inner canal cleansed and later filled.
Root PlanningScraping or cleansing of teeth to remove heavy buildup of tartar below the gum line.
SealantA synthetic material placed on the tooths surface that protects the enamel and chewing surfaces. The coating stops acid attack and lasts 2 years..Sealants are placed before braces go on.
TarterA hardened substance (also called calculus) that sticks to the tooths surface.
TMJTemporomandibular joint disorder. Health problems related to the jaw joint just in front of the ear. Audible clicking facial and head pain are common symptoms.
UvulaThe small bell shaped tissue hanging down from your palate.
VeneerA laminate applied or bonded to the tooth.
WhiteningSpecial bleaching agents applied to teeth to lighten the enamel.
Wisdom TeethThird set of molars that erupt last in adolescence.
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X-RaysUsed to see inside the bones and teeth.
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