Dental Cyberweb/Patients: Definitions!
If we say you need a crown, don't pack your bags to go to Buckingham Palace! This month's article will introduce words you may run into during a dental visit.
General Terms and Procedures
- Typical silver colored filling made of mix of silver, tin, mercury, and some other trace elements like copper. Advantages- placement easier than other materials, cost. Disadvantage- color, breaks down 10-20 years.
- The name for a procedure of sealing and shaping the submerged root end of a tooth. This procedure involves surgical entry through soft tissue and bone to gain access to the root end.
- Tooth colored filling materials. Many varieties, many uses. Main advantages- color, adhesives available to strengthen rather than weaken tooth. Disadvantages- some techniques may have shrinkage and wear problem, very technique sensitive.
- Also called a cap, a crown is a cover for a decayed or damaged tooth made of porcelain and/or metal.
- One or more artifical teeth attached to neighboring teeth, usually joined by crowns on each side of artificial tooth. It is used to maintain space and function for missing teeth.
- The covering of a tooth surface to correct stained or damaged teeth, by painting a layer of plastic on the tooth.
- The removal of teeth--not the patient's wallet!
- laminated veneer
- A thin porcelain shell bonded to the tooth to correct imperfections in shape and color.
- A gold, porcelain, or composite custom-made filling cemented into the
tooth. If it covers the tips of the teeth or otherwise supports the tips it
is called an
- night guard
- A plastic mouthpiece to prevent damage from grinding teeth at night.
- orthodontic treatment
- Braces to correct the position of teeth.
- Refers to the amount of vertical overlap of the anterior teeth. Normal range is between 0 and 20%.
- Refers to the amount of distance between the upper and lower incisor teeth in a horozontal plane front to back. Normal is 0 to 1mm.
- Simple cleaning of teeth with rubber wheel and dental toothpaste.
- root canal therapy
- Cleaning out the inside tube of the tooth to preserve the teeth.
- root planing
- The art of skipping over the patient's teeth with a metal instrument and charging plenty--JUST KIDDING! Actually, the cleaning of the root surface to provide healthy attached gum.
- Plastic coating applied to grooves of teeth to prevent decay.
If we say you have...
- Infection caused by severe decay, trauma, or gum disease. You may have pain and swelling.
- angular chelitis
- Sore areas in the outermost corners of the upper and lower lip junction.
- Tooth grinding, often caused by stress. Most often done unconsciously at night.
- Misalignment of the teeth when biting. Lower teeth shift to one side. May affect both sides.
- papillary denture hyperplasia
- Raised bumpy red areas on the hard palate under a upper denture.
- Advanced gum disease; inflamation of gum tissue which causes bone loss resulting in tooth loss if untreated.
- Pulp Fiction
- What's really left of some teeth.
If you have suggestions for other definitions to add to the listMr. Dental Cyberweb