Oral Health FAQ

It is our firm belief, rooted in years of experience, that an informed patient is equipped to make better decisions regarding their oral health. It results in better recovery times, less complications and an overall happier lifestyle. In addition to our specialist consultations where you will be able to learn everything you need to know on any relevant topic, we offer this glossary of important terms you may wish to read about on your own.

BONDING

The application of a composite polymer resin to the front of the teeth with special adhesives. The resin is sculpted to fit into the gaps and cracks in the teeth and produce the appearance of a bright, even smile.

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BONE GRAFT

Grafts are used to fix jawbone structure and integrity to prepare it for dental implants.

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CAPS OR CROWNS

When colour-matched porcelain is used to restore the appearance and functionality of the tooth. They are applied to the prepared tooth by special bonding adhesive, making it permanent. The porcelain tooth matches the other teeth in appearance and will last for a long time. A root canal is usually necessary to prepare the tooth for the application.

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CEREC

A new technology that combines computerized design methods with advanced fabrication. The result is a one-visit crown that can be produced within two hours, right in the clinic, saving you several appointments, fittings and the long wait time this all would entail.

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CLEANING

In addition to home brushing and flossing, which should be crucial parts of everyone’s daily oral hygiene, in-office cleaning is also very important to get done on a regular basis. It removes buildup and flax from hard to reach places and cleans out the teeth and gums thoroughly. In addition, it allows the professional to examine your teeth and find cavities that may have gone undetected.

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COMPOSITE RESIN

This plastic-like compound is tooth-coloured and is used in bonding to restore the natural appearance to discolored, cracked or uneven teeth.

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DENTAL IMPLANT

An implant is a metal rod that replaces the tooth’s root. It is set into the jawbone and serves as a base on which a crown is placed, providing an entirely artificial and fully functional substitute for the tooth.

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EDENTULOUS

A condition, most often seen in the elderly, when the entire set of natural teeth is missing. It can also be caused by disease, physical trauma, or other destructive causes.

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IMPLANTS

implants are a category of fully artificial teeth replacements that rely on Dental Implant technology to anchor them directly into the jawbone, where they function instead of the tooth’s root.

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INLAYS

Inlays are essentially what had replaced the old fillings, or restorations. They are used to fill in for tooth structure that is missing or had to be removed due to damage or decay. It is now made of resins, porcelain or CEREC compounds, which serve longer and look more natural than their outdated alternatives.

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ONLAYS

Onlays are the same as inlays in principle, but are usually not placed within a cavity but are used to restore a larger, external portion of a tooth and are sculpted to the exact shape of the missing tooth section.

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ORAL CANCER

Oral cancer is not as uncommon as many may think, and is too often detected when it is extremely hard to treat. That’s why our clinic offers oral cancer screenings to every patient.

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PARTIALLY EDENTULOUS

A condition wherein some of a patient’s teeth are missing. This can typically be solved by using implants or bridges to fill the gaps between the other teeth.

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PRP/PRF

Standing for platelet rich plasma and platelet rich fibrin respectively, those are methods used to promote healing in many procedures in dental and oral surgery, especially in aging patients or those who suffer from oral damage caused by chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

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VENEERS

Porcelain tooth “fronts”, used very much like false fingernails. The veneers are bonded to the prepared tooth to produce a shining facade of lasting front teeth, making the smile perfect in shape and colour. At the same time, and very much unlike false fingernails which cause damage to the natural fingernail underneath, veneers actually support the teeth, providing them with additional protection against physical harm and bacteria.

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WHITENING OF TEETH (BLEACH)

Teeth whitening is a common practice nowadays, which can be achieved by a number of different means. The main difference between those is the time it takes and the patient’s convenience. The three main ones are in office whitening, home whitening strips, and home whitening trays.

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We hope this was helpful. Feel free to email or ask us directly about other terminology you find interesting and we will gladly add it to this growing glossary.

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