Dental Terms

amalgam
silver/mercury alloy used to fill cavities [read more…]

bleaching
cosmetic whitening of teeth using peroxide [read more …]

caries
cavities, tooth decay [read more …]

composites
tooth-colored restorative materials [read more…]

cosmetic dentistry
aesthetic improvement of the color and shape of teeth performed by a general dentist [read more…]

edentulous
having lost most or all of the natural teeth

endodontist
treats oral condition that arise as a result of disease or injury of the dental pulp of the tooth, such as a root canal

general dentist
primary care provider for patients in all age groups who take responsibility for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services to meet patients’ oral health needs [read more…]

gingivitis
reversible inflammation of gum tissue not including the bone

malocclusion
misalignment of teeth and or jaws

mouthguards
an appliance used to protect teeth from injury [read more…]

occlusal surface
the chewing surface of the tooth

oral and maxillofacial surgeon
treats and surgically corrects diseases, injuries and defects of the mouth and jaws

oral pathologist
examines oral tissues for evidence of suspected abnormalities such as cancer.

orthodontics
a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth and their correction, as by means of braces and retainer [read more…]

orthodontist
designs and applies corrective and supportive appliances, braces, to realign crooked teeth

pediatric dentist
provides treatment and care for children from birth through adolescence

periodontal disease
inflammation and irritation of the gums, which if left untreated, can cause the jawbone and teeth to deteriorate and fall out [read more…]

periodontist
diagnoses and treats diseases of the tissues supporting and surrounding the teeth, especially periodontal, gum, disease

plaque
bacterial colonies which have mineralized and attack teeth, causing dental decay

porcelain veneer
ultra-thin shells of ceramic material bonded to the front of the tooth [read more…]

prophylaxis
professional cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or hygienist

prosthodontist
constructs artificial appliances designed to restore and maintain oral function by replacing missing teeth and other oral structures such as dentures

restorative dentistry
process of restoring missing, damaged or diseased teeth to normal form and function, performed by general dentists

sealant
plastic coating used to protect teeth from decay [read more…]

third molars
wisdom teeth [read more…]

TMD
temporomandibular disorder; problems relating to your temporomandibular joint which includes locking of the jaw, frequent headaches, sore jaw muscles and painful clicking of the jaw [read more…]

TMJ
temporomandibular joint