Dental Terms Glossary
Common Dental Terms
We’ve put together this handy reference guide of terms you might hear when speaking with your dentist or support staff.
Please don’t hesitate to ask your dental care provider for clarification of any terms. We’re here to help make your experience as pleasant as possible!
Nerve: The tissue that conveys sensation, temperature and position information to the brain.
Night Guard: An acrylic appliance used to prevent wear and damage to the temporomandibular joint caused by the grinding or gnashing of teeth during sleep.
Nitrous Oxide: A gas used to reduce patient anxiety.
Novocain: The older brand name for a local anesthetic, currently replaced by safer, more effective agents.
NSAID: A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, often used as a dental analgesic.