Perth Glossary Of Dental Terms L to N

GLOSSARY OF DENTAL TERMS

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.

L

  • Laminate: A thin plastic or porcelain veneer produced in a dental laboratory and then bonded to a tooth.
  • Laughing Gas: Nitrous oxide, an odourless inhalation agent that produces relative analgesia (sedation), and reduces anxiety and creates a state of relaxation.
  • Lesion: Injury of bodily tissue due to infection, trauma or neoplasm.
  • Local Anaesthesia: Partial or complete elimination of pain sensation, in the immediate vicinity of its application or injection.

M

  • Malocclusion: A “bad bite” or misalignment of the upper and lower teeth.
  • Mandible: The lower jaw.
  • Margin: The interface between a restoration and tooth structure.
  • Maryland Bridge: A bridge that is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth and requires minimum tooth reduction.
  • Mastication: The process of chewing food.
  • Maxilla: The upper jaw.
  • Molars: The three back teeth in each dental quadrant used for grinding food.
  • Mucogingival Junction (MGJ): The meeting of thick, protective gingival tissue around the teeth and the mucous lining of the cheeks and lips.

N

  • Nerve: The tissue that conveys sensation, temperature and position information to the brain.
  • Night Guard: An acrylic appliance used to protect natural teeth and restorations and prevent wear and damage to the temporomandibular joint caused by the grinding or gnashing of teeth during sleep.
  • Nitrous Oxide: An odourless inhalation agent that produces relative analgesia (sedation), and reduces anxiety and creates a state of relaxation.
  • Novocaine: The older brand name for a local anaesthetic, currently replaced by safer, more effective agents.
  • NSAID: A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, often used as a dental analgesic.