A compound containing fluorine that strengthens teeth. Can be applied in water, gels and rinses.
Using fluoride gels or rinses to treat the teeth, which helps to prevent decay.
A crack in the tooth that occurs when a tooth is weakened. If the crack extends into the root, it can result in damage to the pulp.
The metal skeleton that supports false teeth and the plastic attachments in a removable partial denture.
An inflammation of the gums and a mild form of gum disease. Early symptoms include bleeding and swelling.
To stop the flow of blood.
A condition where a tooth is obstructed by another tooth or bone, and is unable to come in normally.
A device placed in the jawbone to support a denture, a bridge or a false tooth. See: Dental Implants
A mold of the teeth made in a jelly-like material applied to a tray.
A front tooth’s cutting edge.
The four front teeth on the upper and lower jaws.
A piece of material that is fabricated in the lab and cemented on a tooth to restore its normal function and appearance.
The area between two adjacent teeth.
The side of the tooth closest to the tongue.
The side of the tooth closest to the middle of the jaw.
The last three teeth on the upper and lower jaw on both sides of the mouth.
A device placed in the mouth to prevent injury to teeth and jaw during tooth grinding or sports.
A mouthguard that is worn to prevent grinding during sleep.
A back tooth’s biting surface.
The manner in which the upper and lower teeth close together.
A restoration covering a tooth’s entire biting surface.
When the upper teeth are not able to contact the opposing lower teeth.
A branch of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of facial irregularities and bite abnormalities.
When upper and lower teeth overlap when they close together.
Filling material that hangs beyond a cavity’s border.
The mouth’s roof.
The wide view image of the upper and lower jaw and their associated structures, taken on x-ray film.
An opening on an oral structure or tooth.
The surrounding of the tip of a tooth’s root.
A branch of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Also known as adult teeth, these teeth usually appear at around 6 years of age.
A thin, cylindrical piece of metal, usually used to support a filling.
A procedure to make a tooth, filling or other denture glossy and smooth.
The artificial tooth in a bridge or denture that replaces the missing tooth.
A pin used in a dental restoration to support or stabilize a crown or build up on a tooth.
Located toward the back of the mouth.
An approval from the patient’s insurance company that is obtained before any treatment is carried out.
Medication taken before a dental procedure.
The two teeth positioned in front of the molar.
A written statement from a doctor to a pharmacist stating the type, amount and direction for use of a medication for a patient. In dentistry, a prescription can also be used by a dentist to order an appliance from a lab technician.