C | Dental Dictionary

Dentist in West Allis

  • CAD/CAM – Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  • calcium – mineral necessary to the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones
  • calculus – commonly called “tartar,” a hard substance that forms on teeth due to insufficient plaque control, may be stained brown or yellow
  • canker sore – whitish mouth sore, usually lasts 10-14 days, may have red “halo”
  • cantilever bridge – dental bridge that only attaches to teeth on one side
  • cap – commonly used term for a dental crown
  • caries – common term for tooth decay or “cavities”
  • cast/model – 3D reproduction used by filling an impression or mold with plaster and allowing it to dry
  • CAT scan – Computerized Axial Tomography scan, used to determine size, shape, and placement of bone, usually used for implant placement planning
  • cavity – missing tooth structure caused by decay, abrasion, or erosion
  • Cavitron – dental tool used in cleaning teeth, uses high-frequency ultrasonic waves
  • cellulitis – potentially dangerous infection of the soft tissue, characterized by extensive hard swelling
  • cementum – hard tissue that covers the outer surface of a tooth root
  • cephalometric imaging – x-ray scan of the head that shows the relative positioning of the face, teeth, and jaws
  • clasp – acrylic or metal portion of a partial denture that hooks to natural teeth
  • cleaning/prophylaxis – the removal of plaque and calculus from the teeth above the gumline
  • cleft palate – congenital deformity that is characterized by a partial or complete lack of fusion of soft and/or hard palate
  • coil spring – spring used between brackets and archwire to open or close space between teeth
  • complete denture – set of prosthetic teeth that are used to replace all upper or lower teeth
  • composite resin – tooth-colored material composed of plastic with small particles of ceramic or glass, generally cured with a chemical catalyst or filtered light
  • coronal – referencing the crown of a tooth
  • cosmetic dentistry – dental services used to improve appearance, rather than health or function
  • cross bite – lower teeth lie in front of upper teeth when teeth are closed
  • crown – may refer to the visible tooth above the gumline or to a prosthetic dental restoration that replaces part or all of a natural tooth
  • crown lengthening – surgical manipulation of gum tissue to expose more tooth structure, often used in conjunction with other treatment
  • curettage – the removal of infected tissues from periodontal pocket or bone, often in conjunction with scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
  • cusp – pointed or rounded mound on or near the chewing surface of a tooth
  • cuspid – tooth located between incisors and bicuspids, also known as “eye tooth” or “canine”
  • cyst – sac of tissue, usually hard or filled with fluid

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Dentist in West Allis, WI

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Dentist in West Allis

Our Convenient Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Thursday: 9am - 12pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm


We Are Located At

10701 W Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227

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