Words Your Dentist May Use

Sep 2, 2020

Welcome to "Words Your Dentist May Use" - a comprehensive guide to common dental terms and vocabulary that your trusted dentist, Hera Z Blazer, DDS, may use during your dental visits. We take pride in ensuring our patients are well-informed and empowered to make informed decisions about their oral health care.

Importance of Understanding Dental Terminology

As a patient, understanding the words and phrases used by your dentist can greatly enhance your dental experience. It allows you to communicate effectively, ask questions, and better comprehend the various dental procedures and treatments recommended by your dental professional.

At Hera Z Blazer, DDS, we believe in fostering open and honest communication with our patients. By familiarizing yourself with these common dental terms, you can actively participate in your dental care journey and maintain optimal oral health.

Common Dental Terms and Definitions

1. Plaque: This sticky, colorless film is constantly forming on your teeth and contains bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed through regular brushing and flossing.

2. Tartar (Calculus): When plaque is left untreated, it hardens into tartar. This calcified deposit can only be removed through professional dental cleanings and can contribute to gum inflammation and other oral health issues.

3. Cavity: Also known as tooth decay, a cavity is a small hole in the tooth caused by the destruction of tooth enamel. It develops when plaque bacteria produce acids that erode the tooth structure.

4. Root Canal: A root canal is a dental procedure performed to save an infected or severely decayed tooth. It involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canal, and sealing it to prevent further infection.

5. Crown: A dental crown is a customized tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its strength, shape, size, and appearance.

Procedures and Treatments

1. Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to repair and restore teeth affected by cavities or minor damage. Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the space with a durable and natural-looking material to restore the tooth's functionality and prevent further decay.

2. Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that helps brighten and lighten discolored or stained teeth. Our clinic offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments, allowing you to achieve a whiter and more confident smile.

3. Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution. They consist of a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone, which acts as an artificial tooth root. A realistic-looking dental crown is then attached to the implant, providing a natural-looking and functional tooth replacement.

4. Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces, aligners, or other appliances to correct misaligned teeth and jaw irregularities. Straightening your teeth not only enhances your smile but also improves your oral health by making it easier to clean and maintain your teeth.

5. Periodontal Care

Periodontal care focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Regular dental cleanings, deep cleanings, and comprehensive periodontal evaluations are essential in maintaining healthy gums and preventing more severe oral health issues.

Visit Hera Z Blazer, DDS for Comprehensive Dental Care

Now that you are familiar with these important dental terms and procedures, take the next step towards achieving optimal oral health by scheduling an appointment with Hera Z Blazer, DDS. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive dental services customized to meet your unique needs. Our experienced and friendly team is here to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout your dental journey.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact Hera Z Blazer, DDS today!