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Glossary of Dental Terms

A handy reference

Common Dental Terms

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!

Enamel

Hard tissue covering the portion of tooth above the gum line.

Endodontist

A specialist who treats injuries, diseases and infections of the tooth pulp (nerve chamber).

Epidemiology

The study of the incidence of disease in a population.

Eruption

The process of teeth protruding through the gums.

Exfoliate

The process of shedding deciduous (baby) teeth.

Exodontia

The practice of dental extractions.

Explorer

A sharp instrument used to detect decay on the surface of teeth.

Extraction

Removal of a tooth.

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