Glossary

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A few terms you might hear at the dentist:

 

Abscess: A pocket or sack of pus and gas produced by an infection

 

Caries: tooth decay, also known as a cavity

 

Endodontist: a dentist who specializes in root canals and treating disease and infection of tooth pulp

 

Gingiva: also called gums

 

Local anesthesia: numbs a specific part of the body to prevent pain during a procedure

 

Occlusion: the alignment of the teeth of the lower jaw with the corresponding teeth of the upper jaw when closed

 

Malocclusion: a defect in the normal position of the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed

 

Orthodontist: a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malocclusion

 

Overbite: a type of malocclusion where the upper and lower teeth overlap when they close together

 

Overjet: a type of malocclusion where the upper front teeth angle horizontally outwards; also called horizontal overlap or “buck teeth”

 

Pedodontist: a dentist who specializes in the care and treatment of children’s teeth; also called pediatric dentist

 

General anesthesia: renders patient unconscious so they will not feel or remember a procedure

 

Primary teeth: a child’s temporary or “baby” teeth, which include four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw

 

Permanent teeth: replacing a child’s primary teeth, this second set of teeth—32 in all—includes two canines and 10 premolars and molars in each jaw

 

Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Our mission is to give your child happy, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. We work in partnership with our patients, their families and the health care community to provide the best treatment, while creating positive dental experiences that will set the stage for long-term oral health.

 

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