An artificial replacement for teeth, gums and their neighbouring structures. There are many different types of dentures and options for treatment.
A specialist who fabricates dentures but does not diagnose or provide any other dental treatment.
A treatment to reduce the sensitivity of teeth.
The identifying of dental disease.
A space or gap between two teeth.
An indication of direction away from the middle of the jaw.
A branch of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp, which is where a tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are located.
Also known as teething, this is the process of a tooth appearing in the mouth.
The medical act of cutting something off.
When a tooth is partially pushed out of its socket.
Material placed on a damaged tooth to restore its appearance and function.
A temporary replacement denture for missing teeth, used while a long-term treatment is fabricated.
A thread or tape that is used to clean between teeth.
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.
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.
Also known as baby teeth.
The process of polishing teeth, which helps in the prevention of diseases.
An artificial device used to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
A branch of dentistry providing diagnosis, treatment, planning and fabrication of artificial devices to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
The innermost section of a tooth, containing the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves.
The complete removal of a tooth’s pulp.
The removal of the top part of a tooth’s pulp.
An x-ray image.
A regular appointment for a check-up and teeth cleaning.
To re-glue an appliance or prosthesis back into place.
A device used to restore the normal function and appearance of a tooth. Fillings, crowns and bridges are common restorations.
An orthodontic apparatus that helps maintain the position of teeth in a jaw.
To repeat a root canal after the initial treatment fails.
The bottommost part of a tooth, which anchors it to its supporting structures.
The canal inside a tooth’s root that contains its nerves and blood vessels.
Root canal treatment
To treat a tooth’s root canal.
To clean a tooth’s root area.
A rubber sheet used to isolate the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity.
To clean the teeth below the gum line.
A thin layer of material used to smooth a tooth’s grooves and pits to prevent cavities.
To use medication to calm and soothe a patient.
A device that maintains the space between teeth.
An appliance or material that prevents a mobile part from moving.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The hinge that joins the lower jaw to the temporal bones of the skull.
A bony growth that sometimes develops on the mouth’s roof or the lower jaw’s premolar area.
A tooth-coloured layer of material that attaches to the front of the tooth to improve its appearance. It is usually made from porcelain, composite or ceramics.
The eighth and last tooth from the middle of the jaw.