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A

Amalgam Fillings – A type of dental filling made of a mixture of metals

Anesthesia – Medication to numb your tooth and relieve pain

 

B

Bitewings – Special digital X-rays that document the way your teeth bite and relate to each other

Bridge – A permanently fixed dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth

 

C

Cavities – Dental decay and infection that has damaged the enamel of your tooth

Composite Filling – A dental filling made of composite resin, a strong and durable plastic that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry – The branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of your smile

Crowns – Tooth-shaped caps or covers used to treat moderate to severe tooth decay or damage

 

D

Dentures – Removable prosthetic teeth used to replace one or more missing teeth

 

E

Endodontics – The branch of dentistry that studies and treats the dental pulp and tooth nerves inside of your tooth

Extraction – Completely removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone

 

F

Floss – A thin, thread-like material used to clean in between your teeth

Fluoride – A mineral that is used during dental cleanings to strengthen the enamel of your tooth and prevent decay

 

G

General Dentistry – The branch of dentistry that focuses on improving your overall oral health

Gum disease – An infection of the gum tissues caused by built-up plaque and bacteria

 

I

Impaction – The condition whereby a tooth grows in sideways or becomes blocked from growing in properly. Commonly affects the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.

Implants – A permanent dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth

 

J

Jawbone – The bone structure that anchors your teeth in place

 

M

Mandible – The lower jaw

Maxilla – The upper jaw

 

N

Night guard – A special dental appliance worn at night to prevent tooth grinding and sleep apnea

 

O

Oral hygiene – The dental techniques and procedures used to care for your smile at home

Orthodontics – The branch of dentistry that specializes in understanding and treating the alignment of your teeth and jaws and how they relate to each other

 

P

Partial Dentures – A removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth when some natural teeth still remain

Periodontal disease – Also called gum disease. A condition where the gums become inflamed and disintegrate from infection

Pontic – False tooth used in dental bridges

 

R

Root Canal Treatment – Dental procedure used to treat damage that has occurred in the dental pulp and tooth nerves inside of your tooth

 

S

Scaling and Root Planing – Deep cleaning methods used to remove plaque, tartar, and rough spots on your teeth in an effort to combat gum disease

 

T

Tartar – Hardened plaque that adheres to your tooth enamel

Teeth whitening – Dental treatment utilizing a gentle bleaching gel to whiten your smile

 

V

Veneer – Thin, semi-translucent shell bonded to the front of your teeth to perfect cosmetic dental flaws

 

X

X-rays – Digital images used to examine your smile and diagnose certain conditions