× Close
Call 1-800-867-6453 Book Now

Glossary of Dental Terms

A handy reference

Common Dental Terms

We’ve put together this handy reference guide of terms you might hear when speaking with your dentist or support staff.

Please don’t hesitate to ask your dental care provider for clarification. We’re here to help make your experience as pleasant as possible!

Partial Denture

A removable dental prosthesis (appliance) that replaces one or more natural teeth.

Post

A thin metal rod inserted into the root of a tooth after root canal therapy. A post provides retention for a ‘coping’ which replaces lost tooth structure and retains crowns.

Porcelain Veneers

A thin layer of porcelain, fabricated by a laboratory and bonded to a natural tooth to replace lost tooth structure, close spaces, straighten teeth, or change color and/or shape.

Porcelain Inlay or Onlay

A tooth-colored restoration made of porcelain and cemented or bonded in place.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Crown

A restoration containing metal coping for strength covered by porcelain for appearance.

Porcelain Crown

An all-porcelain restoration that covers the coronal portion of tooth (above the gum line).

Pontic

A replacement tooth mounted on a fixed or removal appliance.

Plaque

A soft, sticky substance that accumulates on teeth and is composed of bacteria and food debris due to inadequate dental hygiene.

Pit

A small defect in the tooth enamel, or the junction of four formative lobes of a developing tooth.

Permanent Teeth

Thirty-two adult teeth (approximately) in a complete dentition.

Resources

Charcuterie Board Ideas That Your Smile Will Love

It’s summer – a perfect time for picnics and outdoor gatherings so why not create a charcuterie board to share with your friends and family that will help boost their oral health? Traditional charcuterie boards often include heavy, processed meats and sugary snacks. Unfortunately, these items can damage your teeth so here are our tips…

Read More
Mindfulness and Your Dental Health

In the busyness of life, it’s easy to forget to prioritize our mental health. Did you know that oral and mental health are connected? Research has shown that our mental state can impact the condition of our teeth and gums. Read our blog to learn more about this connection as well as things you can…

Read More
3 Myths About Oral Cancer

Visiting Castle Dental for regular checkups and cleanings means you’re being proactive in detecting early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer refers to any cancer that develops in your mouth, sinuses, and throat. If not treated early, it can be life-threatening. Stay on top of your oral health by reading this blog to learn more…

Read More