Biteplane/ Orthosis – This is used to treat muscle related temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or to protect the patient’s teeth during nighttime bruxism.
CBCT Scan – A computerized tomography scan is used to review anatomic structures three-dimensionally. Typically performed prior to placement of dental implants.
Diagnostic Wax Up – This provides a “blueprint” of the proposed treatment. This is performed on dental casts prior to initiating treatment.
Equilibration – A procedure to conservatively reshape the teeth and to help equalize the forces placed upon the teeth during contact.
Fixed Partial Denture – A prosthesis (bridge) that spans a space between natural teeth or dental implants.
Immediate Denture – A denture that is made to be inserted at the time the remaining teeth are extracted. The denture will need to be relined or remade in 6 – 12 months.
Implant Abutment – That which is attached to the implant. In turn, it can receive a crown or other prosthetic devices.
Mandible – Lower jaw
Maxilla – Upper jaw
Occlusal analysis – This is an evaluation of the function of the teeth and jaws. Impressions of the teeth/jaws and specific measurements are required to perform this analysis.
Orthognathic Surgery – A surgical procedure to correct skeletal problems. Performed by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Overlay Prosthesis – A denture that fits over dental implants and any substructures (bars) that may be attached to the implants. This prosthesis is removable by the patient.
Provisional Restorations – These “temporary” restorations are made from materials that will last much longer than temporary restorations. They are also used to test the “bite” or to further establish a diagnosis.
Soft Tissue Liners (Viscogel) – Are used after initial placement of an immediate denture and can facilitate tissue healing
Surgical Template – A surgical template is made and used by the implant team to correctly position the dental implant(s)
Tissue Bar – Placed on dental implants, they aid in retaining and/or supporting the denture.