The hard and soft tissues forming the roof of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities.
Action that relieves pain but is not curative.
Usually refers to a prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth; see Fixed Partial Denture or Removable Partial Denture.
Major salivary glands located in front of and below the ears.
An individual who has established a professional relationship with a dentist for the delivery of dental health care. For matters relating to communication of information and consent, this term includes the patient’s parent, caretaker, guardian, or other individual as appropriate under state law and the circumstances of the case.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to treatment of children from birth through adolescence; formerly known as a pedodontist.
See Pediatric Dentist.
A thin nonbacterial film from saliva that covers the teeth.
An x-ray that shows several entire teeth (crowns and roots) and includes a small amount of the periapical bone (surrounding the root tips).
Pertaining to the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
An infection in the gum pocket that can destroy hard and soft tissues.
Inflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth, resulting in an abnormally deep gingival sulcus, possibly producing periodontal pockets and loss of supporting alveolar bone.
Pathologically deepened gingival sulcus; a feature of periodontal disease.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
Inflammation and loss of the connective tissue of the supporting or surrounding structure of teeth with loss of attachment.
A soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives.
An elongated projection fitted and cemented within the prepared root canal, serving to strengthen and retain restorative material and/or a crown restoration.
Refers to teeth and tissues towards the back of the mouth (distal to the canines): maxillary and mandibular premolars and molars.
Interlocking device, one component of which is fixed to an abutment or abutments and the other is integrated into a fixed or removable prosthesis in order to stabilize and/or retain it.
The use of medications prior to dental procedures.
Scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus and stains.
Artificial replacement of any part of the body.
A dental specialist whose practice is limited to the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth with artificial substitutes.
Connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity of a tooth.
The space within a tooth which contains the pulp.
Complete removal of vital and non-vital pulp tissue from the root canal space.
Surgical removal of a portion of the pulp with the aim of maintaining the vitality of the remaining portion by means of an adequate dressing; pulp amputation.