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!

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!

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!

Calcium

Chemical element needed for healthy teeth, bones and nerves.

Calculus

Hard residue, commonly known as tartar, that forms on teeth due to inadequate plaque control. Calculus teeth often are stained yellow or brown.

Canine teeth

There are two upper and land two ower canine (cuspid) teeth.

Canker Sore

Mouth sore that appears whitish and often has a red halo. A canker sore usually has a 10-14 day duration.

Cantilever Bridge

Fixed bridge that attaches to adjacent teeth only on one end.

Cap

Common term for dental crown.

Caries

Tooth decay or 'cavities.'

Cast or Model

Reproduction of structures made by pouring plaster or stone into a mold.

Cavitron

Dental tool that uses high frequency ultrasonic waves to clean teeth.

Cellulitis

Soft tissue infection causing extensive hard swelling, a potentially dangerous condition requiring immediate attention.

Cementum

Hard tissue that covers the roots of teeth.

Chart

Log of dental or medical records.

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