Pointed end of a cone-shaped part (the pointy part of an ice cream cone would be its apex), but we’ll be using it as the terminal end of the root of a tooth
- Food or other edibles that promote tooth decay. Unfortunately most cariogenic foods are yummy!
Cemento-enamel Junction (CEJ)
- The outer surface of a tooth where the root joins to the crown. It can be observed as a line where the color changes from enamel to cementum and can usually be felt as a “jump” with an explorer.
Clinical Attachment Loss (CAL)
- Movement of the supporting structures of a tooth in an apical direction, usually the result of periodontal disease
- What this means is that some of the alveolar bone is destroyed and the junctional epithelium, the soft tissue attachment, moves apically. So with enough CAL, the tooth gets loose and may be lost.
- The CAL measures
- An acronym for College of Dentistry
- May also be SOD (School of Dentistry)
- Why dental schools want to be named after a fish or grass is beyond me!
- The depression in the gingival tissue underneath a contact area between the lingual papilla and facial papilla. Volcano-shaped tissue beneath area where 2 teeth contact one another.