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!
A removable dental prosthesis (appliance) that replaces one or more natural teeth.
A thin metal rod inserted into the root of a tooth after root canal therapy. A post provides retention for a ‘coping’ which replaces lost tooth structure and retains crowns.
A thin layer of porcelain, fabricated by a laboratory and bonded to a natural tooth to replace lost tooth structure, close spaces, straighten teeth, or change color and/or shape.
A tooth-colored restoration made of porcelain and cemented or bonded in place.
A restoration containing metal coping for strength covered by porcelain for appearance.
An all-porcelain restoration that covers the coronal portion of tooth (above the gum line).
A replacement tooth mounted on a fixed or removal appliance.
A soft, sticky substance that accumulates on teeth and is composed of bacteria and food debris due to inadequate dental hygiene.
A small defect in the tooth enamel, or the junction of four formative lobes of a developing tooth.
Thirty-two adult teeth (approximately) in a complete dentition.
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