Glossary of terms
Ock Street Clinic understands that the world of general and cosmetic dentistry and minor cosmetic procedures can feel like it is a whole new language! We have added this list of terms along with some simple definitions to help you to understand some of the words and phrases that professionals may use whilst discussing a treatment.
Please click on the letter below which corresponds to the first word of the phrase you are looking for.
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An abutment is the tooth or teeth adjacent to a false tooth (pontic) of a bridge (link to bridges, i...
Often known as skin tags, these are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over ...
A silver filling material. A mixture of different metals such as silver, copper, zinc and tin bound ...
A method of removing tooth decay, tooth surface or staining by using compressed air and fine sand pa...
Eruption of the tooth from its position in the jaw bone so that it is visible above gum level in the...
Anaesthesia is usually in the form of an injectable local anaesthetic and is used to suppress sensa...
The portion of the tooth that is covered with enamel. This part of the tooth is visable in the mouth...
The front teeth (incisors) (link to all pages)...
The surgical removal of the top of the root (apex) after which the open end of the root is sealed wi...
The tube-like straw that the dentist or dental nurse places in your mouth for suction (removes fluid...