Dental Insurance Glossary

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 place that provides health care services.
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.
Fixed Prosthesis
Non-removable tooth or implant-borne dental prosthesis which is solidly attached to abutment teeth or roots or implants.
Natural opening into or through bone.
The breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure; breaking of a tooth.
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.