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!
Facing: Tooth colored overlay on the visible portion of a crown that is made of acrylic, composite or porcelain.
FAGD: Fellowship Academy of General Dentistry.
Filling: Restoration of lost tooth structure with metal, porcelain or resin materials. We are proud that we use only the latest technologies for fillings. Your smile will remain unflawed if you should need a filling. Let us take care of your cavities with our expert filling processes.
Fistula: The channel that emanates pus from an infection site, which is a gum boil.
Flap Surgery: The lifting of gum tissue to expose and clean underlying tooth and bone structures.
Forceps: An instrument used for removal of teeth.
Forensic Dentistry: The practice of gathering legal evidence for body identification or judicial issues.
Fossa: The valley found on the surface of posterior teeth.
Freeway Space: The distance between the upper and lower teeth with the lower jaw in rest position.
Frenectomy: The removal or reshaping of thin muscle tissue that attaches the upper or lower lips to the gum, or the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
Full Denture: A removable dental prosthesis (appliance) that replaces all upper or lower teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Extensive restorations of natural teeth with crowns and/or fixed bridges to manage bite problems.