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Glossary of Dental Terms

A handy reference

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. We’re here to help make your experience as pleasant as possible!

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.

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.

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