Current dental terminology cdt the ada reference manual that contains the code on dental procedures and nomenclature and other information pertinent to patient record keeping and claim preparation by a dental office published biennially eg cdt 2009 2010. Here is a comprehensive list of common dental terminology and terms you may hear or read as you learn more about oral health. Glossary of dental health terms abscess an infection of a tooth soft tissue or bone abutment tooth or teeth on either side of a missing tooth that support a fixed bridge or removable partial . Distal the direction toward the gingiva beyond the tooth furthest from the anterior midline the most posterior tooth or last tooth in each quadrant of a dental arch as opposed to mesial which refers to the direction toward the anterior midline. Abrasion loss of tooth structure caused by tooth grinding an improper bite a hard toothbrush or poor brushing technique abscess a localized infection of a tooth and or the gum
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