We’ve put together this handy reference guide of terms you might hear when speaking with your dentist or support staff.
Please don’t hesitate to ask your dental care provider for clarification. We’re here to help make your experience as pleasant as possible!
Surgical removal of the root tip to treat a dead tooth.
Describes the alignment of the upper or lower teeth.
Loss of tooth structure caused by a hard toothbrush, poor brushing technique or bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth).
Loss of structure due to natural wear.
An infection of a tooth, soft tissue or bone.
A tooth or teeth that supports a fixed or removable bridge.
Contemporary term for dental restorations that involve ‘bonding’ of composite resin or porcelain fillings to natural teeth.
Removal of tooth structure by blasting a tooth with air and abrasive, a relatively new technology that may avoid the need for anesthetic.
Unfavorable systemic response to a foreign substance or drug.
The jaw bone that anchors the roots of teeth.
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