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This is a glossary of terms for your information.

Aria Dental recommends that you understand dental terms and words that may be used in the course of dialogue with our Dentists and Dental Staff.

Please do not hesitate to seek further clarification, if necessary.

All our staff will be happy to assist in your understanding.


  • Halitosis: Bad breath of oral or gastrointestinal origin.
  • Haematoma: The swelling of effused blood beneath tissue surface.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: A disinfecting solution used in dental irrigation procedures or as a mouth rinse.
  • Hygienist: A dental professional who specialises in education and prevention of oral disease. A hygienist partners with the dentist to assess the oral environment for signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, and is educated to provide therapeutic care in the treatment of bacterial infections within the oral environment.
  • Hyperaemia: Increased blood flow that may cause dental sensitivity to temperature and sweets. May precede an abscess.


  • Impaction: A partial or completely unexposed tooth that is wedged against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue, precluding the eruption process.
  • Implant: See Dental Implant An artificial device that replaces the tooth root and may anchor an artificial tooth, dental bridge or denture.
  • Impression: A mould made of the teeth and soft tissues.
  • Incision and Drainage: The surgical incision of an abscess to drain suppuration (pus).
  • Incisors: The four upper and lower front teeth, excluding the cuspids (canine teeth).
  • Infiltration: A local anaesthetic procedure effective for upper teeth and soft tissue or the placement of anaesthetic under the gum, allowing it to seep into bone.
  • Inlay: An indirect filling made by a dental laboratory that is cemented or bonded into place.
  • Interdental Brushes: An interdental or interproximal (“proxy”) brush is a small brush, typically disposable, either supplied with a reusable angled plastic handle or an integral handle, used for cleaning between teeth and between the wire of dental braces and the teeth.There is evidence that after tooth brushing with a conventional toothbrush, interdental brushes remove more plaque than dental floss. TePe and Piksters are the most common brands.
  • Interocclusal: The space between adjoining teeth.
  • Interproximal: The surfaces of adjoining teeth.
  • Intraoral Camera: A small video camera used to view and magnify oral conditions from which images may be printed.


  • Jacket: The crown for a front tooth, usually made of porcelain.