Common Dental Treatment Terms, Translated

dentist explaining procedure to patient in dental office

When it comes to dental treatments, it might sometimes sound like your dental benefit plan is speaking a different language. If your dentist mentions these terms, you can ask questions, but your dental plan documents may not give you the answers you need immediately. That’s why we created this guide to terms frequently used in dental benefit plans and the more common terms most non-dentists use when talking about them. Want to learn more about a particular topic? Click the link for more information.     

Dental Term Commonly Known As

Amalgam Restoration

Silver Filling

Bruxism

Tooth Grinding

Composite Restoration

Tooth Colored Filling

Crown

Cap

Endodontics

Root Canals

Extraction

Tooth Removal

Gingivitis

Early Gum Disease

Gingivoplasty/Gingivectomy

Gum Surgery

Impacted Tooth

Tooth Buried in Bone

Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral Surgeon

Orthodontics

Braces

Osseous Surgery

Bone Surgery

Partial Denture

Removable Bridge

Periodontitis

Advanced Gum Disease

Prophylaxis

Teeth Cleaning

Radiographs

X-Rays

Restorations

Fillings

Scaling and Root Planing

Deep Cleaning

Sealants

Plastic Coating on Teeth


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