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Material from mercury and other alloy mixtures used to restore a drilled portion of a tooth.
Medications used to relieve pain.
Front teeth. Also called incisors and cuspids.
The upper or lower jaw.
Baby bottle tooth decay
Caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby’s mouth.
Back teeth used for chewing.
X-rays that help a dentist diagnose cavities.
Application of tooth-colored resin materials to the surface of the teeth.
A fixed or removable appliance that replaces lost teeth.
A sticky substance (also called tartar) that has hardened.
The narrow chamber inside the tooth’s root.
Also called cuspids.
One that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. A canker sore is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
Another term for decay, which causes cavities.
Usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings.
A tooth-colored resin combined with silica or porcelain and used as a restoration material.
The process of reshaping teeth.
An artificial cover that is placed on the top of a tooth following restoration.
The pointed parts on top of the back teeth’s chewing surface.
Front teeth that typically have a protruding edge.
The tooth layer underneath the enamel.
A removable set of teeth.
A form of dentistry that addresses problems affecting the tooth’s root or nerve.
A naturally occurring substance added to water, toothpastes and some rinses and used for strengthening the tooth’s enamel.
A harmless over-exposure to fluoride and resulting sometimes in tooth discoloration.
Another word for gum tissue.
A minor disease of the gums caused by plaque.
An infection of the gum tissues. Also called periodontal disease.
A condition in which a tooth fails to erupt or only partially erupts.
A permanent appliance used to replace a missing tooth.
Front teeth with cutting edges; located in the center or on the sides near the front.
An artificial filling made of various materials, including porcelain, resin, or gold.
A shell that is bonded to the enamel of a front tooth. The shell is usually thin and made from porcelain resin.
Bad bite relationship.
The lower jaw.
Usually the largest teeth, near the rear of the mouth. Molars have large chewing surface.
Are more than the aches and pains felt in around the neck and head that are associated with your teeth and jaw.
A filling designed to protect the chewing surface of a tooth.
A field of dentistry that deals with tooth and jaw alignment.
A non-fixed dental appliance applied to a small number of natural teeth or implants.
Roof of the mouth.
A removable appliance that replaces teeth. Also called a bridge.
A field of dentistry that deals with children’s teeth.
An opening formed by receding gums.
Infection of the gum tissues. Also called gum disease.
A dentist who treats diseases of the gums.
The teeth that erupt after primary teeth. Also called adult teeth.
A sticky, colorless substance that covers the teeth after sleep or periods between brushing.
The bicuspids and molars. Also called the back teeth.
A person’s first set of teeth. Also called baby teeth or temporary teeth.
The act of cleaning the teeth.
The field of dentistry that deals with artificial dental appliances.
The inner tissues of the tooth containing blood, nerves and connective tissues.
A condition in which the gums separate from the tooth, allowing bacteria and other substances to attack the tooth’s enamel and surrounding bone.
An artificial filling used to restore teeth. Also called a composite filling.
A procedure in which a tooth’s nerve is removed and an inner canal cleansed and later filled.
Scraping or cleansing of teeth to remove heavy buildup of tartar below the gum line.
A synthetic material placed on the tooth’s surface that protects the enamel and chewing surfaces.
TMJ / TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorder. Health problems related to the jaw joint just in front of the ear.
A hardened substance (also called calculus) that sticks to the tooth’s surface.
A laminate applied or bonded to the tooth.
A process that employs special bleaching agents for restoring the color of teeth.
Third set of molars that erupt last in adolescence.
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