Dental Glossary

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Amalgam The alloy that is used to fill cavities. The alloy is strong, durable, easy to work and inexpensive, but contains toxic mercury.
Aphthous ulcers An ulceration of the lips, inside of the cheeks or tongue of not clear cause
Bite Wing The T shapes piece of x-ray film which is held between the teeth. Used to check the condition of the teeth and their anchoring bone
Bonding A process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculptured to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an attractive smile.
Bridge A type of fixed replacement for one to several missing teeth. The two ends of the appliance are anchored to healthy teeth with the false teeth bridging the gap
Bruxism A tendency, usually unnoticed by the person who does it, to grind ones teeth together. It can lead to the premature wearing out of ones teeth. Several treatments are available.
Calculus Plaque which has been in place for a while and calcified (absorbed minerals from saliva). Unattractive, damages the gum promoting periodontal disease.
Canal The narrow chamber inside the root of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood vessels.
Candiasis Medical term for thrush, a white film in the mouth caused by a fungal infection. Common and not serious in infants it can sometimes be a sign of more serious health problems in adults.
Canine The pointed teeth in the front of mouth. Very large in vampires.
Caries Medical term for cavities which happens when teeth go bad.
Cheilosis A type of irritation at the corners of mouth, with cracking and redness.
Composite filling Tooth coloured filling. Composites are also known as resin fillings.
Crown A crown or cap is used to restore a tooth that has broken, has had a root canal or has had a large filling. Crowns can be tooth coloured or made of gold.