Glossary of Treatment Recommendations

glossary of treatment recommendations

Abscess

An abscess is an infection of a tooth that had spread to the surrounding tissues.

Ectopic Tooth

An ectopic tooth is a malpositioned tooth. It is usually either partially erupted, or un-erupted.

Extraction

An extraction is the removal of a tooth. It is possible treatment for an unrestorable or grossly decayed tooth. It is also done as a sequelae to dental trauma (injury), when the integrity of the permanent tooth (or developing tooth bud) is at risk.

Kiddie Partial Denture

A kiddie partial is a non-removable banded appliance that is used for esthetic replacement of upper primary front teeth.

Pulpectomy

Complete removal of the pulp tissue from the tooth. It is similar to a root canal in permanent teeth. A pulpectomy is often done due to a large cavity OR trauma to the tooth. It helps to maintain the vitality of the tooth. A tooth that has had a pulpectomy generally requires a final restoration of a stainless steel crown (for molars) or a stainless steel crown with a resin facing (for front teeth).

Pulpotomy

The pulp of a tooth is the inner, central core of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and reparative cells. A pulpotomy helps to maintain the vitality of a tooth while removing a portion of the pulp tissue that has been affected by decay. A tooth that has had a pulpotomy generally requires a final restoration of a stainless steel crown (for molars) or a stainless steel crown with a resin facing (for front teeth).

Sealant

A sealant is a white protective coating that is painted into the pits and fissures of the molars and sometimes premolars to help prevent cavities. A sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid. It helps protect from decay in the deep grooves, and helps to maintain a surface that is easy to clean.

Remember! Sealants are NOT a substitute for brushing, they are just meant as a preventive aid, to make it easier to keep those molars clean!

Space Maintainer

It is a non-removable banded appliance used to hold space for a future permanent tooth. There are several kinds of space maintainers depending on the space that is being held.

Stainless Steel Crown

Prefabricated silver crown or cap that covers all surfaces of the tooth – used for primary molars.

Stainless Steel Crown with Resin Facing

Prefabricated silver crown, or cap with a tooth colored facing – used for front teeth.

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