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Dental Surgery Terms Beginning With 'T'

Tartar
Also known as dental calculus, it is a hard deposit that adheres to teeth producing a rough surface that attracts plaque.

Thrush
A yeast infection in the oral cavity caused by the fungus Candida Albicans.

TMD
What is TMD?
TMD stands for ‘Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction’ and describes the jaw joints not functioning correctly.
This can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as :
Jaw joint clicking or grating, Jaw joint pain, muscular pain such as facial pain or headaches or neck pain, grinding or clenching of teeth.
In addition, many patients have secondary symptoms which may be related to TMD. These include regular sinus blockages, ear pain or tinnitus (ringing in the ear) or ear pain on flying.
A common feature of TMD is grinding or clenching of teeth, which can lead to tooth wear or chipping.

Tooth erosion
The wearing away of tooth enamel due to exposure to acid.

Tooth sensitivity
The pain or discomfort when teeth are exposed to sweets, hot or cold. Discomfort can also appear when brushing and flossing.

Tooth whitening
A chemical or laser process to recover the brightness and natural colour of teeth.

Transplant
The placing of a natural tooth in an empty socket.

Trauma
An injury caused by external force, chemical, temperature shock or poor tooth alignment.

Trench mouth
A painful and severe gum infection occurred due to high bacteria levels in the mouth, usually from poor oral hygiene. It can also be caused from lack of sleep, stress and poor nutrition.