Your routine six-month cleaning and checkup appointments are an excellent time to discuss your oral health with your dentist; however, how much do you understand about the terminology they use? You’ll be able to make better decisions about your oral health when you have a good understanding of dental lingo. Your dentist in Cupertino will define dental terminology so you can have a more effective conversation about your oral health with your dental provider the next time you see them.
Also known as clenching and grinding your teeth, bruxism typically occurs at night while you are sleeping, so it can sometimes be hard to diagnose on your own. Bruxism causes a host of symptoms such:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Issues with your jaw joint such as TMJ
- Excessive wear to your teeth
- Chipping and fractures to your teeth
This versatile material can be used to repair teeth with cavities caused by tooth decay. It can also be used in simple cosmetic procedures to repair issues such as chipping, discoloration and staining, size discrepancies, and slight misalignment issues. Composite is durable, tooth colored, and bonded directly to your tooth, so it provides strength and aesthetics to your smile.
A dental crown is made to replace your entire tooth structure when it has suffered from decay, or an injury, or other damage that is more than a dental filling can repair. A crown gives you all the function you had with your natural tooth such as eating, chewing, brushing and flossing, while protecting your natural root. Crowns are made from tooth colored porcelain so they complement your smile.
Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than half of American adults in some form. Gum disease is essentially an infection of your gums and jawbone, which are the main support system for your teeth. If it’s left untreated, gum disease will lead to bone and tooth loss.
Gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, can often be treated with a thorough cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. The advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis will require a deeper cleaning to reach below the gum line. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic therapy, and even surgery in severe cases.
These are just a few of the common dental terms you may hear when discussing your oral health with your dentist. Hopefully you can use your knew knowledge of dental lingo to make your next conversation with your dentist more productive.
About Alpine Dental Care
Dr. Dong Shen and her team take exceptional care of patients in Cupertino, CA. Dr. Shen provides a wide array of comprehensive dental services so patients will find that almost all of their needs are met here at our office without having to be referred elsewhere for care.
If you would like to learn more about Alpine Dental Care, you can contact Dr. Shen through her website or by calling 408-996-8611.