Glossary of Dental Terms
Calculus, also known as tartar, is the hardened residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed.
Caries is a commonly used term for tooth decay.
Dental cavities (caries) are holes in the two outer layers of a tooth called the enamel and the dentin which occur as a result of tooth decay.
- Cleft Palate
A cleft palate is a congenital deformity resulting in lack of fusion of the soft and/or hard palate, either partial or complete.
The clamping and pressing of the jaws and teeth together in centric occlusion, frequently associated with psychological stress or physical effort.
Dental crowns are restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. A crown strengthens your existing, damaged tooth.
- Crown Lengthening
A surgical procedure exposing more tooth for restorative purposes by apically positioning the gingival margin and/or removing supporting bone.
Curettage is a procedure in which diseased tissue is removed from the mouth and gums
A cusp is a hard eminence on a tooth that emerges from the surface of which the tooth bites. Canine teeth each possess a single cusp, while premolars have two each. Molars normally possess either four or five cusps.