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Tooth wear caused by forces other than chewing such as holding objects between the teeth or improper brushing.
A tooth (or implant) that supports a dental prosthesis.
The part of the jaw that surround the roots of the teeth.
The curving part of the jaw into which the teeth are rooted.
The socket in the alveolar bone into which the tooth’s root fits.
An alloy used in direct dental restorations.
Loss of pain sensations without loss of consciousness.
A condition where two hard tissues are fused together. When this happens to a tooth and the alveolar bone, the tooth partially erupts.
Removal of the tip of a tooth root.
The mild character of an illness or the non-malignant character of a neoplasm.
A premolar tooth; a tooth with two cusps.
Occurring on, or pertaining to, both right and left sides.
Process of removing tissue for histologic evaluation.
X-rays used to reveal the crowns of several upper and lower teeth as
A cosmetic dental procedure that whitens the teeth using a bleaching
A composite resin applied to a tooth to change its shape and/or color. Bonding also refers to how a filling, orthodontic appliance or some fixed partial dentures are attached to teeth.
See Fixed Partial Denture and/or Removable Partial Denture.
Constant grinding or clenching of teeth during they day or while asleep.
Hard deposit of mineralized material adhering to crowns and/or roots
A relatively narrow tubular passage or channel.
Promotes tooth decay.
Commonly used term for tooth decay.
Decay in tooth caused by caries; also referred to as carious lesion.
Hard connective tissue covering the tooth root.
Birth defect in which one or more fissures form in the upper lip, which
Congenital deformity resulting in lack of fusion of the soft and/or
The clamping and pressing of the jaws and teeth together in centric occlusion, frequently associated with psychological stress or physical effort.
A dental restorative material made up of disparate or separate parts (e.g. resin and quartz particles).
A state in which patients are awake and can breathe and swallow on their own but are less aware of what is taking place.
The pointed portion of the tooth.
Pathological cavity, usually lined with epithelium, containing fluid or soft matter.
Removing foreign matter or dead tissue.
The lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure.
Scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus, and stains.
An artificial device that replaces one or more missing teeth.
A dentist who has received postgraduate training in one of the recognized dental specialties.
That part of the tooth that is beneath enamel and cementum.
The teeth in the dental arch.
An artificial substitute for natural teeth and adjacent tissues.
The part of the denture that holds the artificial teeth and fits over the gums.
A restoration fabricated inside the mouth.
Localized inflammation of the tooth socket following extraction due to infection or loss of blood clot; osteitis.
Hard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth.
A dental specialist who limits his/her practice to treating disease
Wearing down of tooth structure, caused by chemicals (acids).
When a tooth emerges or pushes through the gums.
Surgical removal of bone or tissue.
The process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts.
A lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain.
Orthodontic devices, commonly known as braces, that are bonded to the teeth to produce different tooth movements to help reposition teeth for orthodontic therapy.
Fixed Partial Denture
A fixed partial denture is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or attached to the abutment teeth or implant abutments adjacent to the space.
The breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure; breaking of a tooth.
A combination of 14 or more periapical and 4 bitewing films of the back teeth. This series of x-rays reveals all the teeth (their crowns and roots) and the alveolar bone around them.
A deep level of sedation in which patients lose consciousness, feel no pain, and have no memory of what is taking place around them.
Soft tissues overlying the crowns of unerupted teeth and encircling the necks of those that have erupted.
An overgrowth of gingival tissues.
Inflammation of gingival tissue without loss of connective tissue.
The excision or removal of gingiva.
Surgical procedure to reshape gingiva.
A piece of tissue or alloplastic material placed in contact with tissue to repair a defect or supplement a deficiency.
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR)
Procedure during flap surgery for periodontal disease in which a membrane is inserted between the alveolar bone and the bone graft to encourage the gum tissues to grow onto the alveolar bone.
This would include, but is not limited to, CAT scans, MRIs, photographs, radiographs, etc.
Prosthesis constructed for placement immediately after removal of remaining natural teeth.
An unerupted or partially erupted tooth that is positioned against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue so that complete eruption is unlikely.
Material inserted or grafted into tissue.
Placement of an artificial or natural tooth into an alveolus.
An indirect intracoronal restoration; a dental restoration made outside
Between the teeth.
Inside the mouth.
Medications used intravenously (through the bloodstream) to produce varying levels of sedation.
A common name for either the maxilla or the mandible.
Pertaining to or around the lip.
An injury or wound; area of diseased tissue.
Pertaining to or around the tongue; surface of the tooth directed toward the tongue; opposite of facial.
Therapy for preserving the state of health of the periodontium.
Having the properties of dysplasia, invasion, and metastasis.
Improper alignment of biting or chewing surfaces of upper and lower teeth.
A type of fixed partial denture not requiring crowns. The prosthesis is bonded to the natural teeth to secure it.
The upper jaw.
Teeth posterior to the premolars (bicuspids) on either side of the jaw; grinding teeth, having large crowns and broad chewing surfaces.
Device that fits over the teeth to prevent injury to the teeth, mouth or lips. May also refer to a device that prevents tooth grinding or treats temporomandibular disorders.
Lining of the oral cavity as well as other canals and cavities of the body; also called “mucosa.”
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
A disorder in which breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep.
Pertaining to the biting surfaces of the premolar and molar teeth or contacting surfaces of opposing teeth or opposing occlusion rims.
Any contact between biting or chewing surfaces of maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth.
An indirect restoration made outside the oral cavity that overlays a cusp or cusps of the tooth, which is then luted to the tooth.
Pertaining to the mouth.
Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, deformities, defects and esthetic aspects of the oral and maxillofacial regions.
The pink-red tissues that line the mouth.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the interception and treatment of malocclusion of the teeth and their surrounding structures.
Surgery performed to correct facial imbalances caused by abnormalities of the jaw bones.
The process by which bone heals around an implant.
Surgical procedure that modifies the configuration of bone.
Surgical cutting of bone.
A removable prosthetic device that overlies and may be supported by retained tooth roots or implants.
The hard and soft tissues forming the roof of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities.
Action that relieves pain but is not curative.
Usually refers to a prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth; see Fixed Partial Denture or Removable Partial Denture.
Major salivary glands located in front of and below the ears.
An individual who has established a professional relationship with a dentist for the delivery of dental health care. For matters relating to communication of information and consent, this term includes the patient’s parent, caretaker, guardian, or other individual as appropriate under state law and the circumstances of the case.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to treatment of children from birth through adolescence; formerly known as a pedodontist.
See Pediatric Dentist.
A thin nonbacterial film from saliva that covers the teeth.
An x-ray that shows several entire teeth (crowns and roots) and includes a small amount of the periapical bone (surrounding the root tips).
Pertaining to the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
An infection in the gum pocket that can destroy hard and soft tissues.
Inflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth, resulting in an abnormally deep gingival sulcus, possibly producing periodontal pockets and loss of supporting alveolar bone.
Pathologically deepened gingival sulcus; a feature of periodontal disease.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
Inflammation and loss of the connective tissue of the supporting or surrounding structure of teeth with loss of attachment.
A soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives.
An elongated projection fitted and cemented within the prepared root canal, serving to strengthen and retain restorative material and/or a crown restoration.
Refers to teeth and tissues towards the back of the mouth (distal to the canines): maxillary and mandibular premolars and molars.
Interlocking device, one component of which is fixed to an abutment or abutments and the other is integrated into a fixed or removable prosthesis in order to stabilize and/or retain it.
The use of medications prior to dental procedures.
Scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus and stains.
Artificial replacement of any part of the body.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth with artificial substitutes.
Connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity of a tooth.
The space within a tooth which contains the pulp.
Complete removal of vital and non vital pulp tissue from the root canal space.
Surgical removal of a portion of the pulp with the aim of maintaining the vitality of the remaining portion by means of an adequate dressing; pulp amputation.
An image produced by projecting radiation, as x-rays, on photographic film. Commonly called x-ray.
A cyst that can develop under the tongue on the floor of the mouth.
To replace the denture base.
To resurface the side of the denture that is in contact with the soft
Removable orthodontic appliances used to effect simple tipping movements
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture (removable bridge) is a prosthetic replacement
The anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth.
The portion of the pulp cavity inside the root of a tooth; the chamber within the root of the tooth that contains the pulp.
Root Canal Therapy
The treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.
Tooth decay that forms on the roots.
A procedure designed to remove microbial flora, bacterial toxins, calculus, and diseased cementum or dentin on the root surfaces and in the pocket.
Removal of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth.
Plastic resin placed on the biting surfaces of molars to prevent bacteria from attacking the enamel and causing caries.
An autoimmune disorder (mostly affecting older women) that is characterized by partial or complete cessation of saliva and tears. It can be associated with rheumatic disease, such as rheumatic arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma.
A device used to support, protect, or immobilize oral structures that have been loosened, replanted, fractured or traumatized. Also refers to devices used in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.
Inflammation of the membranes in the mouth.
Major salivary glands located in the mucosa on the floor of the mouth.
Walnut-sized major salivary glands located beneath the tongue.
Stitch used to repair incision or wound.
Temporary Removable Denture
An interim prosthesis designed for use over limited period of time.
The connecting hinge mechanism between the base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible).
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Abnormal functioning of temporomandibular joint; also refers to symptoms arising in other areas secondary to the dysfunction.
A bony elevation or protuberance of bone.
Tooth/teeth that have not penetrated into the oral cavity
In the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material, usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cementation, or mechanical retention; also refers to a restoration that is luted to the facial surface of a tooth.
Decreased salivary secretion that produces a dry and sometimes burning sensation of the oral mucosa and/or cervical caries.