Dental Administration 101 Class 2 Vocabulary



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Dental Administration 101

Class 2 Vocabulary





  1. CDT: Current Dental Terminology Book form published each year with updated dental codes and uses as well as descriptions.

  2. Diagnostic Codes: Those codes that relate to those procedures that aid in diagnosis. 0100-0999

  3. Preventative Codes: Those codes that relate to those procedures promote, restore, and maintain oral health. 1000-1999

  4. Restorative Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that use restorative materials to return the affected tooth to good health and restore proper function. 2000-2999

  5. Endodontic Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that are concerned with the biology, pathology, prevention, and treatment of dental pulp and periapical tissues. 3000-3999

  6. Periodontal Codes: Those codes that relate to the procedures that address the chronic bacterial infection of gingival and surrounding periodontal tissue. 4000-4999

  7. Prosthodontic Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that provide substitutions for teeth or portions of teeth that are lost or missing addressing impaired function, appearance, and comfort issues. 5000-5899

  8. Dental Implant: Titanium posts that are permanently attached to the jaw bone to which crowns, bridges, or dentures are attached.

  9. Bridge: Replacement of one or more missing teeth that permanently attaches to natural teeth or roots that furnish the primary support to the appliance.

  10. Oral Surgery Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that deal with the diagnosis, surgery , and treatment of disease and deformaties of oral and maxillofacial regions. 7000-7999

  11. Orthodontic Codes: Related to procedures that correct and prevent irregularities of malocclusion. 8000-8999

  12. Adjunctive Service Codes: Other/Unclassified procedure codes. 9000-9999

  13. Intra: Relating to the inside

  14. Extra: Relating to the outside

  15. Oral: Relating to the mouth

  16. Apical: Relating to the apex or tip of a root or tooth.

  17. Prophylaxis: The preventative procedure that removes dental plaque, extrinsic stains, and coronal polish.

  18. Panoramic Film/Radiograph: X-ray that shows the entire dental cavity in one large film including the jaw, sinuses, and neck.

  19. Bitewing Radiographs: Dental x-ray that shows the coronal portion of teeth and is useful in detecting interproximal decay.

  20. Sealant: Composite material applied to dental pits and fissures to prevent decay.

  21. Space Maintainer: Orthodontic appliance used to prevent loss of space or shifting of teeth following extractions or premature loss of teeth.

  22. Amalgum: An alloy or a metal with mercury used to restore decayed teeth.

  23. Composite: A resin material used in restorative dentistry

  24. Crown: Tooth restoration in which part of the natural tooth structure is removed and replaced with a full coverage restoration of suitable dental material

  25. Provisional Crown: A temporary crown designed for a period of up to 6 months in which a tooth is evaluated before placing a permanent crown restoration.

  26. Prefabricated: Premade; not custom made

  27. Core Buildup: Restoration or preparation designed to allow enough structure for the placement of a crown.

  28. Veneer: A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or composite resin, attached to and covering surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure; a thin surface layer laid over a base of common material.

  29. Pulpotomy: Removal of portion of tooth’s pulp structure, usually the coronal portion.

  30. Root Canal (RCTX): Removal of a normal, diseased, or dead pulp by biochemical and mechanical means, enlargement and sterilization of the root canal, followed by filling the canal, to effect healing of diseased periapical tissues

  31. Debridement: Removal of foreign matter to obtain access to tooth structure and tissues

  32. Denture: An artificial substitute for missing natural teeth (complete arch) and adjacent tissues.

  33. Partial (Denture): An artificial substitute for missing natural teeth (one or multiple) that attaches onto remaining healthy teeth

  34. Pontic: Artificial tooth on a fixed partial (bridge) that replaces a missing tooth or teeth.

  35. Retainer: Attachement/crowned teeth used to fixate or stabilize a prosthesis or bridge.

  36. Impacted: A tooth in which the normal eruption is prevented by adjacent teeth or bone due to being wedged or pressed.

  37. Extraction: Removal of a tooth

  38. Abscess: A collection of infected material (pus) due to a bacterial infection in the center of the tooth.

  39. Analgesia: (N2O) A neurologic or pharmacologic state in which painful stimuli are moderated such that although still perceived, they are no longer painful.

  40. Nitrous Oxide: A quick acting, reversible, nondepressant, and nontoxic inhalation analgesic to supplement other anesthetics and analgesics.

  41. Abutment: A natural tooth or implanted tooth substitute, used to support or anchor a fixed or removable prosthesis.

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