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A Complete Glossary of Dental Definitions

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Calculus
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Calculus is calcified plaque

Canal; dental
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A relatively narrow tubular passage or channel

Canal; Mandibular
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The space which houses the nerves that supply blood flow and feeling to your lower jaw and teeth.

Canal; root
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Space inside the root portion of a tooth containing pulp tissue

Canine
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Another name for the cuspids

Cantilever Extension
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Part of a fixed prosthesis that is supported at only one end.

Caries
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Caries is the dental term for tooth decay

Carious
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Carious is relating to having tooth decay

Cavity
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Cavity is a hollowed out area

Cement
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Cement is a mixture that holds things together

Cementum
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A bony substance covering the root of a tooth

Central
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The two upper and two lower teeth in the very center of your mouth

Cephalometric Radiograph
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A cephalometric radiograph is an x-ray of the head

Cephalometric Viewer
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An x-ray viewer.

Cephalometric X-Rays
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An x-ray of the head that shows whether your teeth are aligned properly, and whether they are growing properly

Cheek Retractors
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Small plastic pieces used to draw back your lips and cheeks so the orthodontist can more easily see you teeth and work in your mouth.

Class I Malocclusion
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A Malocclusion where your bite is OK (your top teeth line up with your bottom teeth) but your teeth are crooked, crowded or turned.

Class II Malocclusion
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A Malocclusion where your upper teeth stick out past your lower teeth. This is also called an "overbite" or "buck teeth"

Class III Malocclusion
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Malocclusion where your lower teeth stick out past your upper teeth. This is also called an "underbite".

Cleft Palate
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Congenital deformity resulting in lack of fusion of the soft and/or hard palate; either partial or complete.

Clenching
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Closed Bite
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A malocclusion where your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when you bite down. This is also called a "deep bite."

Complete series of x-rays
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Complete series of x-rays in dentistry means usually 18-20 individual x-rays

Composite filling
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A composite filling is a tooth colored filling

Compound Fracture
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Break in a bone which exposed to external contamination

Consultation
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A meeting with the dentist or dental staff to consult on dental questions or treatments.

Contiguous
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Adjacent; touching

Coping
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the sub structure of the inside of a crown or fabricated restoration.

Core Buildup
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Procedure done in preparation or in conjunction with a crown or bridge to give the tooth/teeth back structural integrity.

Coronal
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The top part of a tooth

Crossbite
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A malocclusion where some of your upper teeth are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down.

Crowding
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An orthodontic problem caused by having too many teeth in two small of a space.

Crown Angulation
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A tooth movement in which the root of the tooth is tipped forward or backward to correct the angle of the crown.

Crown Inclination
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A tooth movement in which the root of the tooth is tipped toward cheeks (lips) or toward the lingual (palate) of the mouth.

Crown Lengthening
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Procedure to remove gum tissues to expose more of the tooth structure.

Crown; Artificial
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Fabricated restoration that replaces a previously damaged clinical crown of a tooth.

Crown; Clinical
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The portion of the tooth not covered by tissues.

Curettage
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Scraping and cleaning the walls of a cavity or gigival pocket.

Curing Light
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Special UV light used to help attach brackets to your teeth.

Cusp
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A pointy part of the tooth.

Cuspal
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The chewing or tearing points of the cuspids, bicuspids, and molars.

Cuspid
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A single cusped tooth

Cyst
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Pathological cavity, usually lined with epithelium, containg fluid or soft matter

Key: blue = General Definition green = Dental Specialty brown = Field Of Practice
teal = Dental Procedure violet = Disease orange = Anatomy
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