Dentist Glossary of Key Terms

Bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A “bridge” holding a fake tooth is attached to the real teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This form of tooth restoration is permanent and is sometimes used as an alternative to dentures or implants.

Ceramic veneers
Ceramic Veneers are dental coverings, or ‘Veneers’, made out of ceramic. They are very close in toughness and aesthetic to porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry encapsulates all dental procedures linked to improving the aesthetic of teeth such as dental veneers and teeth whitening.

Dental Crown
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings placed over a tooth for protection or for cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns are usually needed to protect a weak tooth or to restore a tooth that has been badly chipped, broken or decayed. Dental crowns are a must after a Root Canal Treatment.

Dental Fillings
Dental Fillings are used to repair chipped, broken or decayed teeth, they can be made from a number of different materials. Gold, porcelain, silver and even amalgam can be used to fill and restore teeth but the most common material used is composite resin as it closely mimics natural tooth colour.

Dental Treatment Plan
A dental treatment plan is a personalised plan a patient receives that maps out the treatments needed to address areas of concern or issues found in an oral health assessment.

Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are custom-made tooth coverings that cover the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. The coverings are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth to alter their colour, shape, size or length. Dental Veneers are typically made out of porcelain or ceramic.

Emergency Dentistry
Emergency Dentistry covers dental procedures carried out due to issues that need immediate care such as toothaches, chipped teeth, lost fillings and teeth that have been knocked out.

General Dentistry
General Dentistry encapsulates a wide range of dental treatments including preventative dentistry, minor tooth restorations and family dental care.

Oral Health Assessment
An oral health assessment at The London Clinic Dental involves using the latest diagnostic tools to conduct a thorough report on the current oral health status of patient.

Paediatric Dentistry
Paediatric Dentistry includes dental assessments and procedures carried out on children. This covers things such as dental exams, fissure seals, dental cleans, dental restorations and dental extractions.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are dental coverings, or ‘Veneers’, made out of porcelain. They are the best material for resisting stains and best mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

Preventative Dentistry
Preventative dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth on a regular basis to avoid future issues such as cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more. It involves regular at-home care such as daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups and dental cleans.

Resin Veneers
Resin Veneers are dental coverings, or ‘Veneers’, made of composite resin/composite – the same material used for tooth fillings. They are a more affordable type of veneer but only last around 5 years. They are more porous than their ceramic and porcelain counterparts. These are made in the chair and the dentist sculpts the Veneer onto the tooth.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the colour of discoloured teeth. The procedure involves bleaching teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The whitening substance is applied to the teeth and soaks through the enamel, reacting with the molecules that cause teeth discolouration, resulting in whiter, brighter teeth. It can be done professionally in-chair by the dentist or the dentist may prescribe you a take home version.