Pete McKay, D.D.S.​
Family Dentistry

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Pin   
A piece of "nail-like" metal. It usually is used for better retention of a filling. 

Polish   
A process to make the tooth or filling or other denture smooth and glossy. 

Pontic   
​The false tooth in a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth. 

Post   
A big pin which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon. Its function usually is to support a big buildup on a tooth. 

Posterior  
 Locate at the back.

 Pre-authorization   
An approval from the particular authority (usually insurance company in dentistry) before any action (treatment) is carried out. 

Pre-medication   
Medication needs to be taken before treatment. 

Premolar   
The two teeth located in front of the molar. 

Prescription   
A written statement (from a doctor to a pharmacist) regarding the type, the amount and direction of the use of a medication for a patient. In dentistry, prescription can also be a written statement on preparation of an appliance from a dentist to a lab technician 

Primary teeth  
Baby teeth. 

Prophylaxis/prophy   
The procedure of teeth polishing. It also means the prevention of diseases. 

Prosthesis   
An artificial part to replace missing teeth and their associated structures.

Prosthodontics   
A specialty of dentistry involves diagnosis, treatment planning, and fabrication of artificial parts to replace missing teeth and their associated structures. 

Pulp   
The inner most part of a tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth. 

Pulpectomy   
The removal of the whole pulp inside a tooth. 

Pulpotomy   
The removal of the top part of the pulp inside a tooth. 

R

Radiograph   
An x-ray picture. 

Recall   
The regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment. 

Recementation   
The process of "glue" the appliance/prosthesis back on the associated area. 

Restoration   
An item a dentist uses to restore the normal function of a tooth or an area in the mouth. It can be a filling, a crown, a bridge, etc.

 Retainer   
A device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw inorthodontic treatment. 

Retreatment   
The process of repeating the root canal treatment. 

Root   
The bottom part of tooth. It anchors the tooth to its supporting units. 

Root canal   
The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth. It contains the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. 

Root canal treatment   
A treatment for the root canal inside the tooth. Click here to see details.

Root planing   
The action of cleaning on the root area of teeth. 

Rubber dam   
A rubber sheet that fits around teeth. It isolates the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity. 

S

Scaling   
The action of cleaning of teeth below the gumline. 

Sealant   
A thin layer of plastic-like material covers the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent cavity. 

Sedation   
The use of medication to calm down a patient. 

Space Maintainer   
An appliance to maintain the space in between teeth. 

Splint   
An appliance or a material to prevent movement of a mobile part.Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ)   The joint that links two jaws. 

T

Torus   
An outgrowth on bone. It usually develops on the roof of the mouth or around the premolar area on the lower jaw. 

V

Veneer   
A layer of tooth-colored material (can be porcelain, composite, or ceramics) attaches to the front of the tooth. It is usually for better outlook of the tooth. Check to make sure a reputable supplier likeschein dental supplies are being used. 

W

Wisdom tooth   
The eighth (also the last tooth) tooth from the middle of the jaw. 

X

Xerostomia   
​Dry mouth 

Dental Dictionary o-z


Palate   

The roof of the mouth. 


Panoramic Radiograph   

An x-ray film to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures. 


Perforation   

An opening on a tooth or other oral structure. 


Periapical   

The surrounding of the bottom of the root of a tooth. 


Periodontics   

A specialty of dentistry involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of supporting unit of teeth. 


Permanent teeth   

Adult's teeth. The first permanent tooth usually comes in around 6 years old.