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Glossary of Dental Terms:

All-on-4 Dental Implants – The placement of just four implants in the alveolar bone, which support a permanently fixed ‘denture’ of 12 to 14 teeth that is typically completed in one day.

Alveolar Bone – The thickened ridge of bone that holds teeth.

Bonding – A single-visit fix for discoloration, chips, spaces and even tooth length and shape that involves the application of composite resin made to match the exact shade of the tooth.

Cementum – A calcified substance that covers the root of the tooth and helps to anchor the tooth to the alveolar bone.

Cosmetic Dentistry – The branch of dentistry concerned with smile aesthetics, including repairs, whitening, shaping, etc.

Composite Dental Fillings – White resin fillings that match teeth and are considered healthier-looking than dental amalgam (‘silver’ fillings).

Composite Resin – A plastic-based material used in dental restorations and appliances.

Dental Crown – A tooth-shaped restoration that is cemented over a tooth or implant and can be made from many materials, including porcelain, resin, metal, etc.

Dental Implants – A permanent, natural looking alternative to bridges or dentures that look, feel and function like real teeth.

Dental Reconstruction – The process of repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth through procedures such as bonding, crown or veneer placement, dental implant restoration, etc.

Dental Sleep Medicine – The branch of dentistry that treats sleep-related breathing disorders through the use of a dental appliance or, in some cases, upper airway surgery.

Dentin – The calcified tissue within the tooth that surrounds the pulp and acts as a support for the enamel.

Enamel – The thin, but strong, outer coating of the visible part of the tooth.

Endodontics – The branch of dentistry concerned with the study and treatment of dental pulp, specializing in complicated root canals and the repair of cracked or traumatized teeth.

General Dentistry – The treatment and maintenance of the teeth and gums, centered around the practices of good oral hygiene.

INVISALIGN – An attractive alternative to braces, these plastic custom aligners are made from smooth, comfortable and nearly invisible plastic.

Occlusion – The way in which the upper and lower teeth close together, otherwise known as ‘bite’.

Oral Appliance Therapy – The selection and fitting of dental devices used to treat sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders.

Periodontics – The branch of dentistry concerned with overall teeth and gum health, treating issues like gum disease, plaque, calculus deposits, etc.

PROPEL Orthodontics – A minimally invasive, virtually painless method of speeding up alignment processes by 50-60% through stimulation of bone growth, thereby making jaw bones better able to adjust to shifting teeth.

Pulp – The area in the center of the tooth composed of living tissue.

Root Canal – A treatment used to save and repair a tooth, which involves removal of infected pulp and/or damaged nerves, cleaning and filling the remaining canal and sealing the tooth.

Sedation Dentistry – A method of relaxing anxious patients through sedative medications that are selected and dosed to fit each specific circumstance.

Veneer – Thin, but strong, porcelain ‘shells’ that are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to fix color, shape, size or length issues.

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Phoenix, Arizona 85016
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