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Encyclopedia of Dentistry

 

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Abrasion

Wear of a tooth. Unconscious excessive grinding during sleep or because of stress accelarates the wear.

Acid Etching

A ridged pattern is created in the enamel using acid. This pattern helps attaching ceramic inlays and resin fillings.

Adhesive Fillings

Resins or ceramic is glued onto the toot to restore it.

Air-Flow-System

Dirt and discoloration caused by nicotine, tea or cofee are pressure washed from the teeth.

Alveole

This bony socket in the jaw houses the root of the tooth.

Amalgam

An alloy consisting of mercury and other metals, like silver, copper, indium, pewter and zinc. In the past it was commonly used as filling material for teeth. No connection to serious health issues could be made. Since a exposure to mercury is given, nowadays alternative filling materials are usually used.

Anesthesia

Treatment with narcotics or pain killers.

Antagonist

Opposing player, in this context the tooth in the opposite jawGegenspieler hier: Zahn im Kiefer gegenüber.

Anterior Teeth

Incissors and Canines, with a last digit from 1 to 3.

Aphtha

Painful inflamation of the oral mucous. Usually heals within one or two weeks.

Approximalcaries

Caries between the teeth.

Approximalsurface

The surface between the teeth.

Artikulation

Opening and closing of the lower jaw.

Athrophie

Shrinkage and loss of bone substance in the jaw. Common after a tooth is lost.

Augmentation

Recovering of lost bone substance.