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Dental Surgery Terms Beginning With 'R'

Radiograph
Also known as X-ray; the projection of an image into a photographic film using radiation.

Recementation
The process of fixing the appliance back on the associated area.

Recontouring
Also known as odontoplasty, enameloplasty, stripping or slenderizing, it is a procedure in which small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change a tooth’s shape, surface or length.

Remineralisation
A natural process in which a tooth’s minerals are restored or replaced. It reverses the process of decay resulting from demineralization.

Restoration
A replacement for lost tooth structure or teeth, be it dentures, bridges, fillings, crowns or implants of any kind.

Retainer
A usually removable orthodontic appliance which is supposed to be worn after the removal of dental braces to stop teeth from returning back to their original positions and misaligning.

Root
The tooth structure that connects the tooth to the jaw..

Root canal
Also known as root canal therapy, it is a dental procedure meant to fix a tooth by removing its pulp chamber and filling it with a suitable filling material. It is usually performed when the tooth cannot be filled or restored by any other procedure because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or it has become infected.

Rubber dam
A rubber sheet that fits around teeth to isolate the treatment area from the rest of the oral cavity.