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Dental Surgery Terms Beginning With 'F'

Filling
(1) A material used to replace an area of the tooth where decay has been removed and a cavity remains. The most common fillings are amalgam or silver fillings and composite or tooth-coloured fillings.
(2) The restoration of lost tooth structure with metal, porcelain or resin materials.

Fistula
A channel emanating pus from an infection site. Also known as gums boil.

Flap surgery
The lifting of gum tissue to expose and clean underlying tooth and bone structures.

Flossing
A thread-like material used to clean between the contact areas of teeth.

Fluoride
A mineral used to strengthen teeth enamel and prevent decay. It is naturally ingested through food or water and available in most toothpaste, as well as applied by dentists through a gel or liquid when required. The correct use of fluoride reduces cavities and tooth decay.