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A Complete Glossary of Dental Definitions

Cheek Retractors

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.
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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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