A collection of pus. Usually forms because of infection.
A tooth or tooth structure which is responsible for the anchorage of a bridge or a denture.
A silver filling material.
An agent that causes temporary loss of sensation/feeling.
Referring to a location near the front.
In dentisty, refers to the the narrowed or pointed end of the root.
Is the state of being free from disease-causing contaminants or, preventing contact with microorganisms. Refers to those practices used to promote or induce this state in surgery.
Wearing down and weakening of teeth due to activities such as chewing, grinding (bruxism), or poor oral hygiene.
An injury that causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of the mouth.
A kind of dental x-ray which is taken with the teeth bite together. The main function of this kind of x-ray is to detect cavity in between teeth and height of bone support.
Whitening of teeth.
A prosthesis which is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
When you clench (tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together) or grind (slide your teeth back and forth over each other) your teeth.
The third tooth from the middle of the jaw. There are totally 4 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 bacterial infection that causes destruction of teeth, from the Latin, “rot.” AKA, Tooth decay.
A hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay.
A model of teeth made with shaping material in a mold.
The process of “glue” the appliance/prosthesis on the associated area.
An anti-microbial agent. It is available in many forms such as gels and rinses. It is an effective agent in controlling gum diseases.
A metal arm extends from a removable partial denture. It helps to hold on to natural tooth structure and thus provide anchorage for the denture.
An ulcer or blister on lip caused by a form of herpes simplex.
Material made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties, that when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components.
An abnormal bite relationship of upper and lower jaw. The lower teeth/tooth align towards the check/ 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. Can be made from porcelain, plastic or metal
The state or process of rotting or decomposition.
A branch of medicine that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any disease concern about teeth, oral cavity, and associated structures.
Pertains to the development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth. In particular, the position, type and number of teeth in upper and lower jaw.
An artificial object to replace missing teeth and their neighboring structures. There are many different types of denture to satisfy different treatment requirements and patient preferences.
Variations: Immediate, complete, partial, overdenture, temporary
The person who specializes in fabricating dentures. 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 in between two adjacent teeth.
A direction indication in the mouth. It indicates the direction away from the center of the jaw.
A department of dentistry involves diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental pulp (the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth).
The process of the tooth appearing in the mouth.
Surgical removal of bone or tissue.
When a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket.
The common term used for the restoration of lost tooth structure using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain.
A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long term treatment.
A thread/tape goes in between teeth for cleaning.
A compound of fluorine (an element) which is put in different forms such as water, gels, rinses to strengthen up teeth.
Teeth treat with fluoride agents like gel or rinse. It helps to prevent tooth decay.
The breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure, like a tooth.
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 gum.
It is a process that maintains the stability of the human body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions.
A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally because it is stuck underneath another tooth or bone.
A device (usually “screw-like”) put in the jaw bone to support a false tooth, a denture or a 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 is gold, composite or ceramics) fabricated in the lab fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. Like completing a puzzle, it helps to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth.
The space in between two adjacent teeth. See also: Diastema
crown for a front tooth, usually made of porcelain
A common name referring to either the *maxilla (upper jaw) or *mandible (lower jaw). The hard bone that supports the face and includes alveolar bone, which anchors the teeth.
A protein present in all cuticular structures of the body such as hair, epidermis and horns.
thin plastic or porcelain veneer produced in a dental laboratory and then bonded to a tooth to improve its appearance
Common name for nitrous oxide; used to reduce anxieties and relax patients.
Refers to the side of the tooth nearest the tongue.
The side of the tooth towards the middle of the jaw.
The last 3 upper and lower teeth on both side of the mouth.
A device to be worn in the mouth. Depends on the design of it, it prevents injury on teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sport events.
A mouthguard which is worn at night time.
The biting surface of the back teeth.
The way how the upper and lower teeth close together.
A restoration covers the entire biting surface of a tooth.
The situation that the upper teeth 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.
The roof of the mouth.
An x-ray film 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 involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of supporting unit of teeth.
Adult’s 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.
Locate at the back.
An approval from the particular authority (usually insurance company in dentistry) before any action (treatment) is carried out.
Medication needs 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, prescription can also be a written statement on preparation of an appliance from a dentist to a lab technician.
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 involves diagnosis, treatment planning, and fabrication of artificial parts to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
The inner most part of a tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth.
The removal of the whole pulp inside a tooth.
The removal of the top part of the pulp inside a tooth.
An x-ray picture.
The regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment.
The process of “glue” the appliance/prosthesis back on the associated area.
An item a dentist uses to restore the normal function of a tooth or an area in the mouth. It can be a filling, a crown, a bridge, etc.
A device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw in orthodontic treatment.
The process of repeating the root canal treatment.
The 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 on the root area of teeth.
A rubber sheet that fits around teeth. It isolates the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity.
The action of cleaning of teeth below the gumline.
A thin layer of plastic-like material covers the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent cavity.
The use of medication to calm down a patient.
An appliance to maintain the space in between teeth.
An appliance or a material to prevent movement of a mobile part.
The joint that links two jaws.
An outgrowth on 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) attaches to the front of the tooth. It is usually for better outlook of the tooth.
The eighth (also the last tooth) tooth from the middle of the jaw.