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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

Palatal Expander
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A device used to make your jaw wider

Panoramic x-ray
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An x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give the orthodontist a picture of your teeth, jaws and other important information.

Pathogenic
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Pathogenic means can lead to disease

Pathogens
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Disease producing organisms that can exist in many different places. (e.g.: Air, dust, counter top surfaces, the body, etc.)

Pathological
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Pathological means related to, or caused by, disease

Pathology
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The study of abnormal (diseased) tissue conditions.

Pediatric Dentist
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A Pedodontist is a dentist who has had special training (usually two more years) after dental school in the field of children’s teeth

Pediatric Dentistry
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Pediatric Dentistry is the science of restoring the human primary dentition (baby teeth)

Pedodontist
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Pediatric Dentist

Periapical
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Periapical means around the tip of the root of the tooth

Periapical Abscess
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Periapical abscess is an inflammation with pus at the end of the root of the tooth

Periodontal abscess
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Periodontal abscess is an abscess of the soft tissue around the tooth

Periodontics
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Periodontics is the science of maintaining the health of the supporting structures around human dentition (teeth)

Periodontist
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A Periodontist is a dentist who has had special training (usually two more years) after dental school in the field of Periodontics (the teeth and their supporting structures)

Periradicular Abscess
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Periradicular abscess is an abscess with inflammation and pus around the root of the tooth

Permanent teeth
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Permanent teeth are the teeth that come in after the primary teeth have come out

Pin and Ligature Cutter
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A special plier use to cur off arch wires, ligatures etc.

Plaque
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Plaque is the soft bacterial colonies on the teeth

Porcelain Crown
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A porcelain crown is a covering made out of fired ceramic that replaces missing tooth structure

Posterior Teeth
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The posterior teeth are the back teeth

Premolar
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Premolar is the newer term for bicuspid

Preventative
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Preventative is a general word meaning to prevent or stop an action from happening

Primary teeth
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Primary teeth are the first teeth in the human dentition

Priodontal
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Pretaining to the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.

Probing
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Probing is the action of exploring in a remote region to obtain information

Proper Occlusion
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A beautiful smile where all of your teeth are straight and your top teeth line up with your bottom teeth

Prophylaxis
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Cleaning your teeth

Prosthodontics
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Prosthodontics is the science of replacing the human dentition (teeth) that has been lost to disease or neglect with an artificial replacement.

Prosthodontist
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A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has had special training (usually two years ) after dental school in the field of prosthetics (crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures)

Proximal
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Refers to the surfaces of teeth that touch the next tooth; the space between adjacent teeth is the interproximal space.

Public Health Dentist
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A Public Health Dentist is a dentist who has had special training (usually two more years) after dental school in the field of public health

Pulp
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The inside of the tooth

Pulp Canal
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Another name for the pulp chamber

Pulp Chamber
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The very inner part of your tooth containing nerve cells and blood vessels.

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