PATIENT INFORMATION AND COMFORT

 

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At Haddican Family Dentistry we are aware that some patients have anxiety when they come to the dentist. We work in an expeditious manner using the latest technology to help ease any anxiety you may have. We want your visit to our office to be as pain free and as comfortable as possible. If you have any specific cares or concerns, please tell us. We take your concerns into our considerations.

 

PATIENT EDUCATION:

Oral hygiene recommendations: We review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).

Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.

CAESY: Patient Education System that digitally shows how a specific procedure will be done.

 

PATIENT COMFORT:

We use the following tools to aid in the comfort of our patients.

  • Digital Radiography
  • Intra Oral Camera
  • Sedation Dentistry - nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

 

Dental Library

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


A
Amalgam - Silver filling made of alloy mixtures used to restore the tooth.
Anesthesia - Medications used to relieve pain.
Anterior teeth - Front teeth. Also called incisors and cuspids.
Arch - The upper or lower jaw.
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B
Baby bottle tooth decay - Caused by sugary substances in milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form acids inside the mouth causing the breakdown of tooth structure.
Bicuspids -Back teeth used for chewing.
Bitewings - Cavity detecting x-rays that help the dentist diagnose cavities between the teeth.
Bonding - Application of tooth-colored resin materials to the surface of the teeth.
Bridge - A fixed appliance that replaces lost teeth.
Bruxism - Teeth grinding.
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C
Calculus - A sticky substance (also called tartar) that has hardened.
Canal - The narrow chamber inside the tooth's root.
Canines - Also called cuspids or eye teeth.
Canker sore - An ulcer that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. A canker sore is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
Caries - Another term for decay.
Cold sore - Usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings.
Contouring - The process of reshaping teeth.
Crown - A covering over the entire tooth.
Cusps - The pointed parts on top of the back teeth's chewing surface.
Cuspids - Front teeth that typically have a protruding edge. (eye teeth)
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D
Dentin - The tooth layer underneath the enamel.
Denture - A removable set of teeth.
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E
Endodontics - A form of dentistry that addresses problems affecting the tooth's root or nerve. (also known as root canal therapy)
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F
Fluoride - A naturally occurring substance in or added to water, toothpastes and some rinses and used for strengthening the tooth's enamel.
Fluorosis - An over-exposure to fluoride and resulting sometimes in tooth discoloration.
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G
Gingiva - Another word for gum tissue.
Gingivitis - A minor disease of the gums caused by plaque.
Gum disease - An infection of the gum tissues. Also called periodontal disease.
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I
Impacted teeth - A condition in which a tooth fails to erupt or only partially erupts.
Implant - A permanent appliance used to replace a missing tooth. An artificial root in the jaw.
Incisor - Front teeth with cutting edges; located in the center or on the sides near the front.
Inlay - An artificial filling made of various materials, including porcelain, or gold.
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L
Laminate veneer - A covering that is bonded to the enamel of a front tooth. The shell is usually thin and made from porcelain or resin.
Laser - Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A single wavelength beam of highly concentrated energy.
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M
Malocclusion - Bad bite relationship.
Mandible - The lower jaw.
Maxilla - The upper jaw.
Molar - Usually the largest teeth, near the rear of the mouth. Molars have large chewing surfaces.
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N
Neuromuscular Dentistry - are more than the aches and pains felt in and around the neck and head that are associated with your teeth and jaw.

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O
Onlay - A porcelain or gold filling designed to protect the chewing surface of a tooth.
Orthodontics - A field of dentistry that deals with tooth and jaw alignment.
Overdenture - A denture that snaps onto implants.
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P
Palate - Roof of the mouth.
Partial denture - A removable appliance that replaces teeth.
Pedodontics - A field of dentistry that deals with children's teeth.
Perio pocket - An opening between gum tissue and root of the tooth.
Periodontal disease - Infection of the gum tissues. Also called gum disease.
Periodontist - A dentist who treats diseases of the gums.
Permanent teeth - The teeth that erupt after primary teeth. Also called adult teeth.
Plaque - A sticky, colorless substance that covers the teeth after sleep or periods between brushing.
Posterior teeth - The bicuspids and molars. Also called the back teeth.
Primary teeth - A person's first set of teeth. Also called baby teeth.
Prophylaxis - The act of cleaning the teeth.
Prosthodontics - The field of dentistry that deals with artificial dental appliances to replace missing teeth.
Pulp - The inner tissues of the tooth containing blood and nerve tissue.
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R
Receding gum - A condition in which the gums separate from the tooth's root, allowing bacteria and other substances to attack the tooth's enamel and surrounding bone.
Resin filling - A tooth colored filling used to restore teeth. Also called a composite filling.
Root canal - A procedure in which a tooth's nerve is removed and an inner canal cleansed and later filled.
Root planing - Cleansing of teeth to remove heavy buildup of tartar below the gum line.
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S
Sealant - A synthetic material placed on the tooth's chewing surface that protects the enamel.
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T
TMJ - Temporomandibular joint disorder. Health problems related to the jaw joint just in front of the ear.
Tarter - A hardened substance (also called calculus) that sticks to the tooth's surface.
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V
Veneer - A laminate applied or bonded to the tooth.
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W
Whitening - A process that employs special whitening agents for restoring the color of teeth.
Wisdom tooth - Third set of molars that erupt last in adolescence.
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