Click on a letter for the list of terms beginning with that letter. This glossary contains a list of words or terms that may help you get a handle on the world of dental care.
the surface of a tooth directed toward the face (including the buccal and labial surfaces) and opposite the lingual surface. Facial surface equals buccal surface in the posterior or the labial in the anterior.
a deductible that is satisfied by combined expenses of all covered family members. For example, a program with $25 deductible may limit its application to a maximum of three deductibles, or $75 for the family, regardless of the number of family members. (see Deductible.)
a list of the charges established or agreed to by a dentist for specific dental services.
a method of paying practitioners on a service-by-service rather than a salaried or capitated basis.
a lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain.
Fixed Partial Denture
a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or attached to the abutment teeth or implant abutments adjacent to the space.
a benefit program in which an employee has a choice of credits or dollars for distribution among various benefit options, e.g., health and disability insurance, dental benefits, child care, or pension benefits. (see Cafeteria Plans; Flexible Spending Account).
Flexible Spending Account
employee reimbursement account primarily funded with employee designated salary reductions. Funds are reimbursed to employee for health care (medical and/or dental), dependent care, and/or legal expenses, and are considered a nontaxable benefit.
natural opening into or through bone.
the breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure; breaking of a tooth.
Eyeglasses or spectacles come in a variety of types, but all are made of two main parts: the lenses, and the frames that hold them in place. Frames and lenses can be made from various materials to serve a range of purposes. These include improving vision, protecting against physical objects or UV light, and making a fashion statement.
Refers to a system for marketing a dental practice, usually under a trade name, where permitted by state laws. In return for a financial investment or other consideration, participating dentists may also receive the benefits of media advertising, a national referral system, and financial and management consultation.
Freedom of Choice
a provision in a dental benefit program that permits the insured to choose any licensed dentist to provide his or her dental care and receive full benefits under the program.
muscle fibers covered by a mucous membrane that attaches the cheek, lips and or tongue to associated dental mucosa.
the anatomic area of a multirooted tooth where the roots diverge.