a local infection resulting in the collection of pus under pressure. A dental abscess may be caused by severe decay, trauma,
or gum disease and will be characterized by swelling and pain. If an abscess ruptures, it will be accompanied by sudden relief
from pain and a foul taste in the mouth.
The teeth on either side of a missing tooth. Abutments are the part of the bridge used to support the
replacement of the missing teeth (pontics).
Silver filling. Amalgams are usually placed on the back teeth (posterior teeth).
A removable appliance (prosthesis) that replaces all of the missing teeth in either the upper or lower
jaw. Usually made of plastic or metal.
also known as the PRSI scheme. Department of Social, Community & Family Affairs scheme enabling
certain categories of qualifying PRSI contributors to obtain routine dental care from contracting private dental practitioners
at subsidised rates.
Dental Treatment Services Scheme. Department of Health & Children scheme enabling G.M.S. (Medical
Card) patients obtain free routine dental care from contracting private dental practitioners or Health Board Clinics.
The first, second and third molars, those are the sixth, seventh and eighth teeth from the centre of the mouth to the back
of the mouth. The back teeth with the large chewing surface on top. They have 4 points (cusps).
Common dental language for a periapical radiograph (X-ray).
The treatment of children's teeth.
Roof of the mouth.
An x-ray taken outside of the mouth that shows all the teeth on one film.
Partial Denture (RPD)
A removable appliance (prosthesis) that replaces some of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.
An x-ray that shows the whole tooth (above and below the gumline). Also known as a single film or P.A.
Measures the depth that the gums have detached from the side of the tooth forming a pocket (perio pocket).
The treatment of diseases of the gum or bone (supporting structure).
The pocket that forms when the gums detach from the side of the tooth.
Permanent First & Second Molars
The adult first and second molars, they are the sixth and seventh teeth from the centre of the mouth
to the back of the mouth. Does not include the third molar (wisdom tooth).
The adult teeth.
A sticky, bacteria laden film on the teeth. If it is not removed by brushing it can harden into calculus.
The part of a bridge that replaces the missing tooth or teeth.
The back teeth (Bicuspids and molars).
The first and second bicuspids, those are the fourth and fifth teeth from the centre of the mouth to
the back of the mouth. These are the back teeth that are used for chewing, they only have two points (cusps).
Procedures performed to prevent decay and gum disease.
The baby teeth. Also known as the primary dentition. The baby teeth are replaced by the adult teeth
Cleaning the teeth. Also known as a prophy.
A fixed or removable appliance to replace missing teeth. Example: bridges, dentures and partials. Sometimes single crowns
are considered prosthetics.