A collection of pus. Usually forms because of infection.
A tooth or tooth structure that is responsible for anchoring a bridge or a denture.
A silver filling material.
An agent that causes temporary loss of sensation/feeling.
The front position.
The end of the root.
Wear of teeth due to activities such as chewing.
An injury that causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of the mouth.
A dental x-ray taken with the teeth biting together. The main function of this kind of x-ray is to detect cavities between teeth and the height of bone support.
Whitening of teeth.
A prosthesis that is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
The third tooth from the middle of the jaw. There are four of them. They are the longest teeth in humans.
An ulceration with yellow base and red border in mouth. It can be caused by trauma or herpes simplex virus.
A hole in the tooth.
A model of teeth.
The process of “gluing” the appliance/ prosthesis on the associated area.
An anti-microbial agent. It is available in many forms such as gels and rinses and is an effective agent in controlling gum diseases.
A metal arm extended from a removable partial denture. It helps to hold onto the natural tooth structure, thus providing anchorage for the denture.
An ulcer or blister on lip. A form of herpes simplex.
An abnormal bite relationship of upper and lower jaw. The lower teeth/tooth align toward the cheek/ lip side more than the upper teeth/tooth.
A crown is almost like a “cap” on a tooth. It covers the tooth partially or totally above the gum to restore its function and outlook.
A soft substance caused by bacterial demineralization of enamel and dentin. An infection within a tooth. Must be treated.
A branch of medicine that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any disease concerning teeth, oral cavity, and associated structures.
The position, type, and number of teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
The person who specializes in fabricating dentures. A denturist is not responsible for making any type of diagnosis or carrying out any other treatment (e.g., removing teeth).
A procedure to reduce the sensitivity of teeth.
The process of identifying dental disease.
The space between two adjacent teeth.
A direction indication in the mouth. Indicates the direction away from the middle of the jaw.
A department of dentistry involving diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental pulp (where the nerves and blood vessels are inside the tooth).
Process of the tooth appearing in the mouth.
The action of cutting something off.
When a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket.
A restoration placed on a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long-term treatment.
A thread/tape that goes in between teeth for cleaning.
A compound of fluorine (an element) which can be put in different forms such as water, gels, and rinses to strengthen teeth.
Fluoride agents like gel or rinse are applied to teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
When a cusp of a tooth becomes weakened, a fracture may result. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root and damage to the pulp is commonplace.
A metal skeleton of a removable partial denture to support the false teeth and the plastic attachments.
The mildest form of gum disease: inflammation of gum. The earliest sign is bleeding gums.
A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally or is stuck underneath another tooth or bone.
A device (usually “screw-like”) put in the jaw bone to support a false tooth, denture, or bridge.
A mold taken by some jelly-like material loaded on a tray.
The cutting edge of front teeth.
The four upper and lower front teeth.
A restoration (usually gold, composite, or ceramics) fabricated in the lab that cements on a tooth like a missing puzzle piece. It helps to restore the normal function and outlook of the tooth.
The space between two adjacent teeth.
Side of tooth closest to the tongue.
Side of tooth facing the middle of the jaw.
Last three upper and lower teeth on both sides of the mouth.
A device to be worn in the mouth. Depending on its design, it prevents injury to teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sport events.
A mouthguard worn at night time.
The biting surface of the back teeth.
The way the upper and lower teeth close together.
A restoration covers the entire biting surface of a tooth.
The situation where the upper teeth are not able to contact the opposing lower teeth.
A special field in dentistry which involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of bite abnormalities or facial irregularities.
The overlap of upper teeth and lower teeth when they close together.
The portion of filling material that hangs beyond the border of the cavity.
Roof of the mouth.
An x-ray film used to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures.
An opening on a tooth or other oral structure.
The surrounding of the bottom of the root of a tooth.
A specialty of dentistry involving diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease.
Adult teeth. The first permanent tooth usually comes in around 6 years old.
A piece of “nail-like” metal. It usually is used for better retention of a filling.
A process to make the tooth or filling or other denture smooth and glossy.
The false tooth in a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth.
A big pin which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon. Its function usually is to support a big buildup on a tooth.
Located at the back.
An approval from the particular authority (usually insurance company in dentistry) before any action (treatment) is carried out.
Medication needing to be taken before treatment.
The two teeth located in front of the molar.
A written statement (from a doctor to a pharmacist) regarding the type, the amount, and direction of the use of a medication for a patient. In dentistry, a prescription can also be a written statement for preparation of an appliance from a dentist to a lab technician.
Prophylaxis / Prophy
The procedure of teeth polishing. It also means the prevention of diseases.
An artificial part to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
A specialty of dentistry involving diagnosis, treatment planning, and fabrication of artificial parts to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
The innermost part of a tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth.
Removal of the whole pulp inside a tooth.
Removal of the top part of the pulp inside a tooth.
Regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment.
Process of “gluing” the appliance / prosthesis back on the associated area.
An item a dentist uses to restore normal function of a tooth or area in the mouth. It can be a filling, a crown, a bridge, etc.
Device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw in orthodontic treatment.
Process of repeating the root canal treatment.
Bottom part of tooth. It anchors the tooth to its supporting units.
The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth. It contains the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
A treatment for the root canal inside the tooth.
The action of cleaning the root area of teeth.
A rubber sheet that fits around teeth. It isolates the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity.
Cleaning teeth below the gumline.
A thin layer of plastic-like material covering the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent a cavity.
Use of medication to calm a patient.
Appliance that maintains space between teeth.
An appliance or material to prevent movement of a mobile part.
Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ)
The joint that links the two parts of the jaw.
An outgrowth of bone. It usually develops on the roof of the mouth or around the premolar area on the lower jaw.
A layer of tooth-colored material (can be porcelain, composite, or ceramics) that attaches to the front of the tooth. It is usually used to improve the appearance of the tooth.
The eighth (also the last) tooth from the middle of the jaw.