- Usually refers to dental caries or a restoration located at the mesial and extending onto the occlusal surface.
- Usually refers to an MO that also extends all the way across the occlusal and includes the distal surface – a BIG cavity or filling.
Mucogingival Junction (MGJ)
- On the facial side of a tooth, a scalloped line where the attached gingiva and the alveolar mucosa come together.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
- A treatment for an infection of the periodontium that is sometimes the least invasive and very cost-effective. Non-surgical periodontal therapy typically includes debridement (also called scaling and root planning) to carefully remove the primary etiologic factor in the disease – bacterial biofilm and toxins (dental plaque) and calculus (tartar). Often non-surgical periodontal treatment also includes adjunctive therapy such as local delivery of antimicrobials and host modulation based upon the needs of the individual patient.
- Periodontal patients require ongoing maintenance therapy to maintain health. Non-surgical therapy has limitations and if periodontal health is not attained, surgery may be indicated.
- Chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- The way the teeth fit together when both arches come together (occlude)
- Odontectomy is procedure in which a tooth is removed.
- All of the supporting structures of the teeth, including gingiva, periodontal ligament, cementum, and alveolar bone.
- Periodontal refers to the periodontium.
- Maintaining health and function of the periodontium is probably the most significant factor in how long the dentition will last!
- The fibrous connective tissue that supports, surrounds, and attaches the roots of the teeth to alveolar bone. Consists of several fiber groups, including Sharpey’s fibers (defined later – sorry, the alphabet just didn’t work here either!)
- A slender instrument with a blunt or slightly bulbous end that is used to explore and often to measure the depth of the sulcus or pocket. Most probes have graduated millimeter markings. A little like a miniature ruler.
Periodontal Probing Depths
- Measurement of the deepness of a sulcus or periodontal pocket.
- Used to distinguish a sulcus from a pocket.
- Measurement is generally either from the CEJ to where the tooth and gingiva are first begin to be attached (JE) or from the gingival margin to the JE.