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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!

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.

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