Abutment – a tooth, root, or implant used for the support or retention in a fixed removable prosthesis.
Acrylic – an organic resin from which various types of dental restorations, prostheses and appliances are constructed.
Bridge – a fixed prosthetic device consisting of artificial teeth (pontics) that are supported by attaching them to abutment teeth.
Buccal – of, or pertaining to, the cheek.
Contact – the point on the proximal surface of a tooth where it touches a neighboring tooth.
Contour – the shape, form or surface configuration of an object.
Copolymers – two or more different monomers.
Crown, clinical – the portion of the tooth visible in the mouth above the gingiva.
Cure, dual – hardening of a material brought about by both self-curing and light curing.
Cure, light – hardening of a material in response to exposure to a curing light.
Cure, self – hardening of a material in response to mixing two chemicals together.
Curing – the act of polymerization of a chemical compound.
Distal – away from the midline.
Embrasure – a V-shaped space in a gingival direction between the proximal surfaces of two adjoining teeth.
Exothermic – the heat given off during a chemical reaction.
Facial – of, or pertaining to, both the labial and buccal surfaces of the teeth.
Flash – the excess material that extrudes beyond the intended margins of a restoration or a mold.
Gingival Margin – the most coronal portion of the gingiva surrounding the tooth.
Gingival Sulcus – the shallow furrow formed where the gingival tip meets the tooth enamel.
Homogenous – having a uniform quality and consistency throughout.
Hypertrophy – abnormally large growth.
Incisal – of, or pertaining to, the biting edge of an anterior tooth.
Labial – of, or pertaining to, the lip.
Lingual – of, or pertaining to, the tongue.
Mesial – toward the midline.
Monomer – one unit.
Occlusion – the contact of the posterior maxillary and mandibular teeth when brought together.
Polymerization – the conversion of low-molecular weight compounds called monomers to high-molecular weight compounds called polymers. The process of curing a material to change it from a plastic to a rigid state.
Phonetics – pertaining to speech.
Polymer – organic molecules of high molecular weight, made up of many repeating units.
Pumice – ground volcanic ash that is used for polishing.
Undercut – the portion of a tooth that lies between the height of contour and the gingiva. Also, recessed areas in the surface cast.
Viscosity – the property of a liquid that causes it not to flow easily.