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Abrasion :
loss of tooth structure caused by a hard toothbrush, poor brushing technique, or Bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth).
abutment:
tooth or teeth that support a fixed or removable bridge
adhesive dentistry:
contemporary term for dental restorations that involve "bonding" of composite resin or porcelain fillings to natural teeth
air abrasion:
removal of tooth structure by blasting a tooth with air and abrasive, a relatively new technology that may avoid the need for anesthetic
allergy:
unfavorable systemic response to a foreign substance or drug
alveolar bone:
the jaw bone that anchors the roots of teeth
amalgam:
a most common filling material, also known as "silver fillings,"containing mercury (app 50%), silver, tin, copper and zinc used for fillings
analgesia:
a state of pain relief; an agent lessening pain
anesthesia:
partial or complete elimination of pain sensation; numbing a tooth is an example of local general anesthesia produces partial or complete unconsciousness
anterior teeth:
the six upper or six lower front teeth
antibiotic:
a drug that stops or slows the growth of bacteria
ANUG:
an acronym for Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis, commonly known as trench mouth or Vincent's disease, aggravated by stress and/or smoking
apex:
the tip of the root of a tooth
apicoectomy:
surgical removal of the root tip to treat a dead tooth
arch :


attrition:
describes the alignment of the upper or lower teeth

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loss of structure due to natural wear