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New Berlin Dentist Defines Dental and Oral Care Terms

The friendly dental team at Ross Dental strives to be your top resource for all things related to your oral health. Our New Berlin dentistry professionals have compiled a list of common terms and procedures frequently used in the dental industry. The more informed you are before an appointment or procedure, the more at ease you'll be. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices today - we're always happy to help.

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This refers to the maximum dollar amount you can annually receive from your insurance provider. This does not refer to the total dollar amount of serv...

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Basic restorative services refer to typical dental services such as fillings, root canals, and extractions. These are typically covered by your insura...

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Bonded veneers are small pieces of porcelain which are bonded to your teeth. Bonded veneers are made out of a special resin. Each veneer is custom des...

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An orthodontic procedure to correct crooked teeth or “bad bites”. When combined with other procedures they can also help reshape the jaw. ...

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A bridge is a prosthetic replacement for missing or damaged teeth. A bridge is cemented or otherwise attached to ensure a secure fit. Improve Your Sm...

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Bruxism refers to the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth. This generally occurs while the patient is asleep, but can occur constantly. Bruxism...

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Cavities refer to missing tooth structure. A cavity can occur because of decay, abrasion, or erosion. If left untreated, cavities can continue to grow...

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Composite fillings are made up of a blend of different materials to ensure a long lasting filling that is hard to notice and blends in with the n...

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A copayment is the fixed amount you pay before each service. This amount can vary depending on your policy.

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Cosmetic dentistry refers to the process of improving your smile. This can be done through veneers, braces, retainers or even surgery. Most cosmetic p...

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A crown is an artificial structure that covers the remaining damaged tooth. Crowns can be applied to individual teeth or several crowns can be used to...

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Decay is the general term for lesions on a tooth, and the decomposition of tooth structure.

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Dental implants are specifically designed to be surgically placed within the mandibular as a means of a tooth replacement. Dental implants are common...

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Dentures are an artificial substitute for a patient’s natural teeth. Dentures can replace some, or all of a patient’s teeth if need be. Mo...

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Inflammation of the tooth socket after extraction, caused by excess dryness, infection, or a loss of a blood clot. This is common in wisdom tooth surg...

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Enamel is the hard calcified tissue surrounding the crown of the tooth. Enamel can be worn down by acidic foods and drinks and cannot grow back.

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A filling is a common term used to describe the repair of damaged or missing tooth enamel. The process usually uses metal, alloy, plastic, porcelain, ...

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Guards and appliances usually refer to removable devices used to either prevent grinding of teeth, or help reshape your jaw to change your smile.

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Implant dentistry is the process of replacing missing teeth. A dentist who has studied heavily in the field of gum disease, dental surgery or periodon...

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Invisalign (Clear Braces) Invisalign are custom made clear braces specifically designed for your teeth. These aligners will gradually straighten your...

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Oral cancer screening is a process where dental professionals scan for cancer before any symptoms are largely apparent.

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