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A Complete Glossary of Dental Definitions

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

(Click on a term to see its full definition)

Abscess
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An abscess is a collection of pus in an area

Abutment
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An abutment is an anchor

Acid Etch
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A procedure where a weak acid smeared on your teeth to ready your teeth for brackets. The acid etch helps your brackets stay on better.

Acid Etching
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Acid etching is a process to condition a surface

Acrylic
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A plastic used to false teeth, retainers, and other dental products. Dental acrylic has been tested and thought to be perfectly safe.

Adhesive
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Adhesive is any material that joins or brings into close contact two or more surfaces

Adult Dentition
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Permanent Teeth

Algenate
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A plaster like compound used to take impressions. It tastes awful, but is safe.

Alloplastic
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Alloplastic refers to man-made materials that are sometimes used for tissue augmentation

Alvelous
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A opening in your jaw-bone in which a tooth is attached.

Alveolar
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The bone to which a tooth is attached

Alveolar Bone
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Alveolar bone is the bone that indirectly attaches to the tooth

Alveoloplasty
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Alveoloplasty is the recontouring of the alveolar bone

Amalgam
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An amalgam is a mixture or combination

Analgesia
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Analgesia is the removal of pain without the loss of consciousness

Anesthesia
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Anesthesia means the total or partial loss of sensation

Anesthetic
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A drug which a doctor or dentist uses.

Anomaly
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an abnormality

Anterior
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Anterior means in the front

Anterior Teeth
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Anterior teeth are the 'front' teeth

Antiseptic
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A chemical agent which can be applied to living tissues to destroy germs.

Anxiolysis
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Anxiolysis is the use of pharmacological agents (medicine) to reduce anxiety

Apex
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Apex is the point of culmination

Apicoectomy
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Apicoectomy is the removal of the apex

Appliance
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An appliance is a device that performs a service or function

Arch Wire
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A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

Arch; dental
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refers to the upper or lower intraoral part of the jaw

Archform
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The shape of the dental arch.

Armamentarium
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A general term for the dental chairs, lights and equipment used by your dentist or orthodontist.

Articulator
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A special holder for models of your teeth

Aspiration
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Removal of fluids from your mouth with an aspirator

Aspirator
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A tube like a straw which the dentist puts in your mouth to suck up all the saliva.

Atom
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An atom is one of the smaller building blocks of all things

Attrition
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Attrition is the loss of tooth structure by mechanical forces from opposing teeth.

Augmentation
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Augmentation means to build up

Autogenous
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Autogenous taken from one part and placed in another part of the same object

Avulsion
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Avulsion means the forcible removal of a body part by trauma or surgery

Key: blue = General Definition green = Dental Specialty brown = Field Of Practice
teal = Dental Procedure violet = Disease orange = Anatomy
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