A metal filling containing mercury. Amalgam is NOT used at our office.
Medication used to allow a patient to sleep during a medical or dental procedure.
A tooth that is fused to the surrounding bone. In the case of a baby tooth, it will not exfoliate on its own.
A sore in the mouth of an autoimmune origin. Fancy name for canker sore.
Materials that work with the body and pose no risk of toxicity, harm, or rejection by the immune system.
A type of X-ray picture that allows the doctor to see cavities between teeth.
A tooth colored dental restorative material placed on the tooth to repair it. These materials are usually tooth colored.
A facial injury in which the jawbone (or mandible) is fractured as a result of an accident or trauma. It is important to seek emergency immediately if you suspect you or your child’s jaw is broken.
Part of braces that hold the wire in place and usually have a rubber band around them.
A fancy name for grinding teeth.
The hard, mineralized plaque that can’t be removed with normal brushing.
Decay in the tooth caused by bacteria, often called carious lesion.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A government agency that works to protect public health and safety through disease prevention, environmental and occupational health standards, and more.
When part of a tooth breaks off as a result of trauma or biting down on something hard.
A tooth-colored restorative material.
The materials and apparatuses that are used to perform dental related tasks like checking for cavities and cleaning teeth.
An inflammation of the tooth socket after extraction, caused by infection.
The hardest part of teeth, the outer layer.
A dental professional specializing in root canal therapy.
The wearing down of teeth caused by chemicals and/or acids.
A fancy term for new teeth pushing through gums.
The process of taking teeth out of the mouth.
Devices cemented permanently into the mouth.
A procedure where a small incision is made to release a tight or short frenulum.
A fancy name for the gums.
The fibrous connection between bone and teeth.
A tooth that is unable to erupt into the mouth through soft tissues. Similarly, a partially erupted tooth does not fully erupt through soft tissues.
This simply refers to the areas between teeth.
Medications for sedation administered through the blood stream.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
With the use of a laser light we can now eliminate the bacterial pathogens that cause gingivitis. This fancy treatment helps promote healthy gums. Great for our patients in orthodontic treatments.
A sophisticated word describing the eruption pattern of the lower front four teeth: from the tongue forward. Often parents see this as teeth growing behind teeth. Most of the time, no treatment necessary!
Teeth that are improperly aligned against one another.
A set of adolescent teeth, consisting of some adult and some baby teeth.
Teeth in the back of the mouth that are used most often for chewing. They are less sharp than the teeth in the front of the mouth and shaped more like grindstones.
A tray made to be worn in the mouth to protect teeth against damage, usually for children who play contact sports.
A therapist that specializes in exercises that target the facial muscles used to chew and swallow. They also help in diagnosing tethered oral tissues: tongue and lip ties.
Just another name for laughing gas. It is part of a family of inhalation anesthetic gases that not only provides analgesic (pain reducing) effects but also anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) effects. Excellent for children with a strong gagging reflex.
This refers to the biting or chewing surfaces of teeth.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
A doctor who specializes in surgery of the mouth and jaw.
The practice of keeping the mouth, tongue, teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent dental problems like cavities or gingivitis.
A doctor who specializes in braces & the straightening of the teeth.
Bone that is healing around an implant.
A fancy name for treating pain, though not a definite treatment.
An x-ray image that shows the mid-face, jaw, sinuses and roots of teeth.
A branch of dentistry dealing with children from birth to teenage years. Pediatric dentists complete four years of dental school along with an additional two years of residency training in dentistry for infants, children and teenagers.
An x-ray that shows the roots and tissues surrounding the roots.
An infection surrounding the root of the tooth identified by bone destruction.
A doctor who specializes in the gum and tissue around the tooth.
A set of adult teeth.
The soft gunk that you brush away with a toothbrush.
Teeth located between the canines (used for biting and tearing foods) and the molars (larger, flatter teeth used for chewing) that look like a combination of both.
A dentist that has special training in restoring teeth with bonding material and/or crowns with an aesthetic approach in mind.
A set of baby teeth.
The cleaning of teeth and removal of plaque, calculus, and stains.
The blood vessels and nerves in the tooth.
The complete removal of the tooth pulp.
Partial removal of the tooth pulp, the parts that are sick.
A fancy term for X-ray.
An orthodontic appliance that can be removed and cleaned.
Another name for composite dental filling or similarly tooth colored filling.
Root Canal Therapy
Cleaning out the diseased or injured portions of the canals in roots of teeth.
A first aid supplement that helps preserve teeth that have been knocked out for up to 24-hours until you or your child can see a dentist.
A fancy name for cleaning teeth and removing stains and calculus.
The protective material placed on teeth to cover their deep grooves and prevent cavities.
Calming the nervous system to a state of deep relaxation through the use of certain child-friendly sedatives to help soothe nervous children and minimize discomfort.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
A liquid medicine used to prevent and stop cavities from forming.
Sores or Ulcers
An open sore in the mouth caused by any number of sources including certain medications, infection, physical abrasion, or others.
A process that kills and removes all forms of bacteria from dental instruments or equipment.
Inflammation of the tissues of the mouth.
A fancy term for stitches.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
The joint that connects the jaw to the rest of the head. TMJ Disorder or TMJ Syndrome refers to inflammation of this joint.
Pain around the teeth or jaws usually caused by a dental condition like cavity.
A bony bump or elevation in the mouth.
A tooth that is still in the making and has not yet emerged from the gums.