Glossary

Glossary

  • All-On-4 dental implants
    Related Words : All-On-4 dental implants
    Definition : The substituting of all teeth in the upper or lower jaw – or both – with a set of teeth permanently attached to four (occasionally six) dental implants.
  • Bone graft
    Related Words : Bone graft
    Definition : bone taken from one part of the body and use to graft (build up) another area. The graft is commonly taken from the back part of the lower jaw.
    • Dental implants
      Related Words : Dental implants
      Definition : Artificial tooth root(s) that are surgically placed into the jawbone to provide support for crowns or dental implant bridges

      Denture
      Related Words : Denture
      Definition : An artificial alternative for several missing teeth (or a full arch of teeth) and adjoining tissue. Dentures are also known as ‘false teeth’ and can be made more stable in some cases through the installation of implants in the jaw bone. The denture clips to the implants and is then called an overdenture.
    • Genioplasty
      Related Words : Genioplasty
      Definition : A surgical procedure that reshapes the chin. Genioplasty surgery is a type of aesthetic surgery that is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
  • Implant bone grafts
    Related Words : Implant bone grafts
    Definition : Some patients lack sufficient jaw bone material for successful placement of dental implants. In these cases, augmentation of the bone (bone grafting) may be required prior to placement surgery.
  • Jaw osteotomy
    Related Words : Jaw osteotomy
    Definition : Corrective surgery that is done on the upper jaw (maxillary osteotomy), the lower jaw (mandibular osteotomy) or on both. Jaw osteotomy surgery may be performed for either aesthetic or health/functional reasons.
  • Malocclusion
    Related Words : Malocclusion
    Definition : In layman’s terms malocclusion is known as a ‘bad bite’ and is characterised by an incorrect alignment of the upper and lower teeth.
  • Orthodontist
    Related Words : Orthodontist
    Definition : A dentist who specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems related to teeth or jaw alignment. As it is a specialisation, orthodontists are required to complete several years of additional study and training on top of standard dentistry studies.

    Orthognathic surgery
    Related Words : Orthognathic surgery
    Definition : jaw surgery to provide a normal jaw shape and size
  • Prosthodontist
    Related Words : Prosthodontist
    Definition : A dentist who has completed specialised study in diagnosing and treating patients with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral tissues. Treatment often takes the form of inserting artificial, biocompatible devices such as crowns and bridges.
  • Wisdom teeth
    Related Words : Wisdom teeth
    Definition : :Also referred to as ‘third molars’ (as they are located behind the second molars at the back of the mouth), wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come up through the gums, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. Often it is difficult for them to fully erupt into the mouth when all other teeth are present, which can cause damage to the surrounding teeth, bone and gum tissue.