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A Complete Glossary of Dental Definitions

Bacterial culture

Bacterial culture is a test to identify bacterial organisms. Although bacterial cultures are used much more in dentistry than viral cultures, culturing in general in the dental field is very seldom done anymore. The technique is procedure sensitive and most of the time, after treatment is rendered, the causative agent is eliminated by the body's immune system.
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Bacteria
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Bacteria is the name given to small single celled organisms

Bacterial culture
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Bacterial culture is a test to identify bacterial organisms

Band
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A metal ring that is usually placed on you teeth to hold on parts of your braces

Band Remover
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A special plier which the orthodontist uses to remove bands from your teeth.

Banding
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The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Behavior Management
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Techniques or therapies used to control the actions of a patient who is receiving dental treatment.

Benign
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Benign means no danger to health

Bicuspid
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Bicuspid means two cusps

Bilateral
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Bilateral means relating to right and left sides

Biomechanics
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The relationship between the force you apply to living tissue such as teeth and gums and and how the tissue moves and changes.

Bite Stick
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A device the orthodontist uses to help put on your bands.

Biteplane
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A removable appliance made of acrylic designed to open a deep bite.

Bitewing
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Bitewing is a specific type of dental x-ray

Bleaching
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Whitiening of a tooth or teeth.

Bonding
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Bonding is a process to hold material on a tooth

Bracket
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A metal or ceramic part that is glued onto a tooth and serves as a means of fastening the arch wire.

Breakaway
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A breakaway is a small plastic piece with an internal spring which is used to provide force on a facebow.

Bridge
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A bridge is a structure spanning over a gap

Bruxism
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Bruxism is the abnormal grinding of the teeth

Buccal
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Buccal means of or relating to the cheek area

Buccal Tube
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A small metal part that is welded on the ourside of a molar bank.

By Report
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By Report is where there is no procedure code and so a written report is required

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