Did your dentist say you needed endodontic therapy, and you have no idea what it is?
Did you receive a postcard saying it’s time to come in for your prophylaxis treatment, but you’re not sure if that’s something you need?
Sure, you know what a denture or a filling is, but some terms are just a little less familiar. This handy guide has some of the most common dental terms and what they mean – in plain language.
A pocket of pus on an infected tooth often due to infection in the tooth pulp
A dental x-ray of upper or lower teeth to examine for any decay under the gums and between the teeth
A set of pontics (prosthetic teeth) and crowns that replaces missing teeth and is non-removable
An artificial replacement for the covering on a tooth; a cap placed over a weak, decayed tooth
The treatment of infected root canals and diseases of the tooth pulp (also called endodontic therapy or simply “root canal”)
Surgery to remove parts of the gum that are diseased or inflamed
Repair of teeth-supporting bone structure affected by severe gum disease
Dental x-ray of individual teeth or groups of teeth
A prosthetic tooth in a bridge
A normal cleaning that treats stains, plaque and tartar
Partial to complete removal of damaged tooth pulp due to pain, often necessitating a root canal to save the tooth
Scaling and Root Planing
A deep, thorough cleaning to halt disease and stop inflammation of tooth surfaces below the gum line. This process often spans several visits and requires local anesthetic.
Did we miss anything? Is there another treatment you are wondering about?