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What These Dental Terms You Might've Heard Actually Mean

February 21, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Heather Gentry
Patient Thinking | Barclay Downs NC Dentist

In order to make the most of your time with your dentist at your next routine checkup, you may need to have a better understanding of common dental terminology. Your dentist in Charlotte NC has compiled a helpful list of terms that we might use and their definitions so you can communicate effectively with your dental team.

Common Dental Terminology

Invisalign: An orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear aligners instead of metal brackets and wires to align teeth.

Composites: Also known as tooth colored fillings, composite resin is the material of choice used for dental fillings. Composite is bonded directly to the tooth and is used to fill the open space left by tooth decay and cavities.

Periodontal Disease: Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection of your gums and jawbone. If it's left untreated, it will eventually destroy this essential support system for your teeth and result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today in American adults over the age of thirty.

Endodontics: This is the dental term for root canal therapy. A root canal removes infection from within your tooth that is the source of severe discomfort. If your tooth is infected and is left untreated, it may result in tooth loss.

Orthodontics: This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and correcting bite issues.

Dental Bridge: This is a fixed appliance that can replace one or more adjacent missing teeth using dental crowns as anchors.

Dental Bonding: This procedure uses composite resin to repair small imperfections such as chipping, staining, size discrepancies, misshapen teeth, and spacing between teeth. Bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment as it doesn't require the removal of any tooth structure. It's also typically more affordable than other cosmetic treatments.

These are just a few of the terms you may hear when visiting the dental office. If you ever have questions about your treatment needs or your oral health, we encourage you to contact Gentry Dental.

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