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Dental Surgery Terms Beginning With 'D'

DDS
A Doctor of Dental Surgery; degree awarded to students after finishing dental school.

Decay
The destruction of tooth structure caused by toxins produced by bacteria. This can be prevented by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Dental bridge
A dental appliance cemented onto adjacent teeth to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental implant
A metal device usually made out of titanium which is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. It is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.

Dentistry
The branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of any disease concern about teeth, the oral cavity and its associated structures.

Dentition
The position, type and number of teeth in the upper and lower jaw.

Denture
An artificial object to replace missing teeth and their neighbouring structures. Dentures can be immediate, complete or partial and over dentures or temporary, depending on the requirements of every patient.

Diastema
A space or gap between two teeth that can be easily corrected by orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

Dry mouth
Also known as xerostomia, it is a condition in which the flow of saliva is reduced and there is not enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. It can be the result of certain medications, diseases, medical treatments or nerve damage, dehydration, tobacco use and surgical removal of the salivary glands. It can lead to several dental problems such as decay, gum disease and gingivitis.

Dry socket
Also known as Alveolar Osteitis, it is a common complication that occurs when a blood clot has failed to form in an extracted tooth socket or when the existing blood clot has been dislodged, after a tooth has been removed. Without the blood clot, the bone and nerves of the tooth are exposed, causing severe pain.