An instrument used to transfer facial recordings and measurements to an articulator to give correct jaw relationships. It is important to have these recordings made in complex restorative work to ensure that the natural articulation is preserved.
Materials placed in the teeth to replace lost tooth substance. Various materials are used
Amalgam: [see amalgam] Composite: [see composite] Glass Ionomer: [see glass
Ionomer] Cements: [see dental cements]
A permanent hole or opening in tissue through which fluid can drain. The most
common type of fistula can occur during the extraction of an upper molar where the
roots are very close to the sinuses. If the lining of the sinus is breached an opening
(fistula) connecting the mouth to the nasal airways can occur. If this is not treated, the
tissues can heal and leave an opening through which food can leak into the nasal area.
A piece of fleshy mucous tissue that is associated with the lip attachment. An
exaggerated fraenum in the centre of the inside upper lip may cause an unsightly
central gap between the upper incisors - see diastema.