FirstBite glossary of terms
Any removable dental restoration or orthodontic device.
Tartar; plaque which has become calcified or hardened.
The space inside a tooth that remains once decay is removed.
The area of the mouth inside the cheek.
Portion of tooth covered by enamel; also refers to a dental restoration shaped like the tooth it covers.
Baby teeth; the childhood set of 20 teeth.
Decay of teeth; commonly known as 'cavities'.
The core of the tooth, covered by enamel.
The painful sensation resulting from exposed dentine in your mouth.
Sugar occurring in your diet, including sugar found in sweets, fruits and processed foods.
Extremely hard, protective coating of tooth.
When teeth first peek through gums.
A probe used to detect cavity growth.
Cleft-like grooves in the chewing surfaces of back teeth.
A procedure that protects fissures against decay, using a sealant.
A chemical compound that helps strengthen teeth as well as reduce tooth decay and sensitivity.
The gums; tissue that supports teeth and covers jawbone.
Of or pertaining to the gums.
See gingival sulcus.
Gum pocket; space between tooth (including root) and gum tissue.
A reversible gum disease which causes gum tenderness, inflammation and pain.
See periodontal disease and gingivitis.
See gingival sulcus.
A fixture implanted within the jawbone to attach a permanent restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture.
An appliance for cleaning above and/or below the gum line, and for distributing therapeutic solutions.
Misalignment of upper and lower teeth.
Large, broad multi-cusped teeth at the back of the mouth.
A soft fitted device that protects teeth against impact or injury.
An area of dentistry concerned with the correction of malocclusion and the restoration of teeth to proper functioning.
A dental professional who specialises in and corrects irregularities of the teeth.
Of or pertaining to the tissue and bone that support teeth.
An instrument used to measure pocket depth.
A dental professional who specialises in the treatment of disease of the supporting structures of the teeth.
A gum disease that causes inflammation of gums, ligaments and bone structure or bone loss that support teeth; can lead to tooth.
A sticky, bacteria-containing film which forms on tooth surfaces.
Two-cusped teeth immediately in front of molars.
Areas of tooth adjacent to other teeth.
Soft, sensitive tissue chamber below the crown, which contains nerves and blood vessels.
Any replacement for lost tooth structure or teeth; for example, bridges, fillings, crowns and implants.
See dentine hypersensitivity.
Below the gum line.
Above the gum line.
Affecting the body as a whole.
Baby teeth pushing through gums.
The 'temporomandibular joint' (TMJ) or commonly known as the ''jaw joint'', is where the lower jaw connects to the base of the skull.
TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder)
A problem with the temporomandibular joint.
Applied to teeth, gums or oral tissue.