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Glossary of dental terms used on this site

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Term Definition
Bone Loss

Pertaining to the loss of bone that supports the roots of teeth. Bone loss can result from gum disease/infections or occlusal stress. It can also be (rarely) the result of tumorous growths.


Pertaining to an orthodontic appliance that corrects dental irregularities (over crowding or spacing).


Pertaining to a permanent prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth. Bridges span the space between teeth and are secured in place by cementation to abutment teeth or implants adjacent to the space.


The involuntary/subconscious clenching and grinding of teeth, most commonly during sleep.


The surface of a tooth that faces and is closest to the inside of the cheek.

Dental implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.


Often known as root canal therapy, endodontics deals with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. If the pulp (containing nerves) has become diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.

IV Sedation

Extreme relaxation during surgery. An intravenous or IV sedation is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.


The alignment of the teeth and jaws. It is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Although most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms of the disease which cause loss of supporting bone. This group appears to be at greatest risk of losing teeth through periodontal disease. It is caused by the bacteria which regularly collect on the teeth.


A dental speciality concerned with the restoration and maintenance of oral function by the replacement of missing teeth and structures by artificial devices such as crowns, bridges, dentures or porcelain veneers.


Rreconstructive & restorative dentistry. Prosthodontics involves the the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth.

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