New Patient Information


Below are a few terms that you will probably hear during your visit. We hope this helps you to be better informed. Also, take a moment and visit the Education Center. You will get a more detailed explanation of the terms below as well as a whole lot more.

Amalgam: The silver/mercury that is sometimes used for filling teeth.

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia, like Novocain, works to numb the area where the dentist is working. You feel nothing and can communicate with the dentist while work is being done.

Bonding: This is the process in which veneers, tooth-colored fillings and crowns are fastened to teeth.

Bridge: This is simple. A bridge replaces missing teeth. Teeth adjacent to the area of the missing teeth are crowned and used as anchors to support the restorations.

Composite: Tooth-colored material used to fill teeth or change the size, color, and shape of teeth.

Composite Veneers
: Very thin composite facings made for front teeth and used to change the shape, color or size.
Consultation: This is the explanation of the information gathered on your mouth
as well as the treatment you will need.
Extraction: The removal of a tooth or teeth.

Filling: Fillings are used to repair the portion of the tooth that dental decay has destroyed.

Full Mouth Reconstruction:
This is done in various ways, however, the end result is a new and confident smile and the ability to chew comfortably.

Gingivitis: Reversible inflammation of gum tissue.

Implants: Titanium screws placed in the jawbone, used as an anchor to replace missing teeth or retain a denture.

Occlusal Surface: The chewing surface of the tooth.

Occlusal Adjustment:
A process where teeth are smoothed so that all teeth meet evenly . Sometimes a removable guard is prescribed to keep someone from grinding their teeth.

Periodontal Disease:
This disease is an inflammation and irritation of the gums, which if left untreated, can cause the jawbone and teeth to deteriorate.

Plaque: Bacteria which mineralizes and attacks teeth causing tooth decay.

Porcelain Crowns/Caps:
A crown or cap is a covering made of porcelain, used to restore and protect a tooth that is either broken, has a very large filling or has had a root canal.

Porcelain Veneers:
A veneer is a very thin facing made for front teeth that can change the shape, color and size of the teeth.

Restorative Dentistry:
Process of restoring missing, damaged or diseased teeth to normal form and function.

Root canal:
Process of eliminating the nerve in a tooth.

TMJ: The Temporo Mandibular Joint connects the lower jaw with the skull. Pain in this region is not uncommon. The source of this pain is either the joint itself or the surrounding muscle structure.

Tooth-Colored Filling: A very natural looking material, used mainly for back teeth.

Treatment Plan: This is the outline of all appointments and time necessary to complete the work a patient requires.

Tooth Whitening/Bleaching:
A treatment to whiten teeth.

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