A volatile material used in dentistry to provide a protective film or sealant. The solution evaporates to leave a barrier against moisture or irritant substances and can be used under filling material to protect the sensitive dentine underneath.
A substance such as adrenaline used in dentistry to restrict the blood supply by
making the blood vessels contract. This can reduce bleeding of the tissues after
surgery and prolong the effect of the local anaesthetic.
A layer of tooth-coloured material, which is attached to and covers the surface of a
tooth. They are usually made of porcelain or composite resin.
Composite resin veneers can be built up directly on the tooth, while porcelain veneers
are made in the laboratory and are later glued (bonded) on to the tooth.
A very small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth surface. This is usually
completely pain free Subsequently, the veneer will be glued to the tooth.
An extremely painful ulcerative gingivitis which can be very destructive. It is
indicative that a patient is very run down and debilitated. The condition used to be
referred to as "trench mouth" as it occurred in soldiers in the First World War who
were exhausted from lack of nourishing food and sleep.