The side of the tooth towards the tongue.
The side of the tooth towards the middle of the jaw.
The last three upper and lower teeth on both sides of the mouth.
A device to be worn in the mouth. Depending on the design of it, it prevents injury to teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sporting events.
A mouthguard which is worn at night time.
The biting surface of the back teeth.
How the upper and lower teeth come together.
A restoration that covers the entire biting surface of a tooth.
The situation where the upper teeth are 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 preparation.
The roof of the mouth.
An x-ray film used to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures.
An opening on a tooth or other oral structure.
The area surrounding the bottom of the root of a tooth.
A specialty of dentistry involving diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease.
Adult teeth. The first permanent tooth usually erupts 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, filling or denture smooth and glossy.
The false tooth in a bridge or denture used to replace the missing tooth.
A pin type structure which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon fiber. Its function usually is to support a large buildup on a tooth.
Located at the back.
An approval from the particular authority (such as an insurance company in dentistry) before any action (treatment) is carried out.
Medication taken prior to treatment.
The two teeth located in front of the molars.
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, a prescription can also be a written statement for preparation of an appliance from a dentist to a lab technician.
The procedure of polishing teeth. It also means the prevention of diseases.
An artificial device used to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
A specialty of dentistry involving diagnosis, treatment planning, and fabrication of artificial parts to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.
The innermost part of a tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels.
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 “gluing” 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.
An orthodontic device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw.
The process of repeating the root canal treatment.
The portion of the tooth that is anchored to the bone.
The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth. It contains the nerves and blood vessels.
Root canal treatment
A treatment requiring the removal of the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth’s root system.
The action of cleaning the root surfaces of the teeth.
A rubber sheet that fits around teeth. It isolates the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity.
The action of cleaning teeth below the gumline.
A thin layer of resin material covering the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent cavity.
The use of medication to calm a patient.
An appliance to maintain the space between teeth.
An appliance or a material to prevent movement of a mobile part.
The joint that links the two parts of the jaw.
An outgrowth of 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 ceramic) that attaches to the front of the tooth. It is usually used to improve the appearance of the tooth.
The eighth (also the last) tooth from the middle of the jaw.
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.
The front position.
The end of the root.
Wear of teeth due to activities such as chewing.
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 biting together. The main function of this kind of x-ray is to detect cavities in between teeth and evaluate the height of bone support.
Whitening of teeth.
A prosthesis which is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
The third tooth away from the midline of the jaw. There are four of them.
An ulceration with a yellow base and red border in the mouth. It can be caused by trauma or herpes simplex virus.
A hole in the tooth.
A model of teeth.
The process of “gluing” 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 disease.
A metal arm extended from a removable partial denture. It helps to hold onto natural tooth structure and thus provide anchorage for the denture.
An ulcer or blister on the lip. A form of herpes simplex.
An abnormal bite relationship of upper and lower jaw.
A crown is similar to a “cap” on a tooth. It covers the tooth partially or totally above the gum to restore its function and outlook.
A weak spot caused by the bacterial demineralization of enamel and dentin. An infection within a tooth requiring treatment.
A branch of medicine that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any disease concerning teeth, oral cavity, and associated structures.
The position, type, and number of teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
(Immediate/complete/partial) (overdenture, temporary)
A prosthetic device to replace missing teeth and their neighboring structures. There are many different types of dentures to satisfy different treatment requirements and patient preferences.
The person who specializes in fabricating dentures. A 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 between two adjacent teeth.
A direction indication in the mouth. It indicates the direction away from the midline of the jaw.
A department of dentistry involving diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental pulp (where the nerves and blood vessels are inside the tooth).
The process of the tooth appearing in the mouth.
The action of cutting something off.
When a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket.
A restoration placed in a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long term treatment.
A thread/tape that goes in between teeth for cleaning.
A compound of fluorine (an element) which can be put in different forms such as water, gels, and rinses to strengthen teeth.
Teeth treatment with fluoride agents like gel or rinse. It helps to prevent tooth decay.
When a cusp of a tooth becomes weakened and breaks away from the rest of the tooth.
A metal skeleton of a removable partial denture used to support the false teeth and the plastic attachments.
The mildest form of gum disease: inflammation of gum. The earliest sign is bleeding gums.
A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally or 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 mould taken with some type of jelly-like material loaded on a tray.
The cutting edge of front teeth.
The four upper and lower front teeth.
A restoration (usually gold, composite or ceramic) fabricated in the lab that is cemented on a tooth like a missing puzzle piece. It helps to restore the normal function and outlook of the tooth.
The space between two adjacent teeth.