Dental Dictionary

Abscess

A pocket of pus in a tooth caused by an infection.

Academy of General Dentistry

A professional association of general dentists from Canada and the United States.

Anesthesia

A dental shot.

Anterior (teeth)

The front teeth.

Bicuspids

Teeth that are in front of the molars but behind the canine teeth.

Bitewing X-ray

X-ray that shows the upper and lower molars.

Canine (teeth)

Eye teeth.

Calculus

A hard crust of calcium salts and food particles on the teeth.

Contraindications

Risks.

Crowding

When there is not enough space for the teeth in a region of the mouth.

Dental Debridement

A procedure to remove thick or dense deposits of tartar and/or plaque from teeth.

Dental Examination

A dental checkup.

Etch

The use of an acidic substance to prepare the tooth’s natural enamel for the application of an adhesive.

Extraction

The pulling of a tooth.

FDA

Food and Drug Administration.

LL

Lower left.

LR

Lower right.

Molars

The back teeth.

Nomad

A portable, hand held x-ray machine.

Non Invasive

Without removing any tooth surface.

Periapical X-ray

X-ray that shows the entire tooth on the film including around the root.

Piezo

A dental cleaning instrument that uses vibrations and water to remove tartar, plaque, or stain on teeth.

Plaque

A soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contributes to tooth decay. It can be brushed off with a toothbrush.

Quad Scales

These are done in conjunction with debridement using a piezo. The mouth may be broken down into sections to be cleaned.

Restorative Dentistry

This includes crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays, and implants to restore your teeth and their proper functioning.

Scaler

A hook like instrument with a pointed tip that helps with removing stubborn, hard bits or tartar in the harder to reach places on the teeth’s surfaces, such as between the teeth or below the gum line.

Silver Diamine

A clear liquid antibiotic that can stop some decay.

Subgingival

Below the gumline.

Supragingival

Above the gumline.

Tartar

A hard-calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. It can not be brushed off and mush be scaled (professionally cleaned) to be removed.

UL

Upper left.

UR

Upper right.

Varnish

A highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth’s surface by a dentist, dental hygienist, or other heal care professional.