Dental Jargon—into English!

GlossaryDoes it ever seem like everyone you do business with—from the auto mechanic to the attorney to the tax accountant—uses a secret language to describe what you’re paying for?

You’d like to know what they’re talking about, but you’re afraid to ask. Maybe it’s over your head. Maybe they don’t really want you to know.

This “tech talk” may come naturally to them, but it can make the rest of us pretty uncomfortable. It’s as though every specialist has built a Black Box around himself that transforms every question you ask into an answer in a language you can’t understand.

Our practice doesn’t operate that way. For starters, we want you to know—and to understand—everything. We’re committed to simple, straightforward communication, so if you ever catch us using a word or phrase you don’t recognize, please feel free to ask for clarification!

We consider it an important part of our job to keep you informed, as we want our patients to be the most savvy around on the subject of dental health.

Common Dental Terms into Simple English

  • Carious fissure – start of a cavity
  • Gnathic structure – your jaw
  • Xerostomia – dry mouth
  • Malocclusion – bad bite
  • Mandible – lower jaw
  • Maxilla – upper jaw
  • Oral cavity – inside your mouth
  • Gingivitis – beginning gum disease
  • Bruxism – clenching or grinding of teeth

About Dr. Chase & Dr. Kotula

Dr. Steven Chase, DDS & Jacqueline Kotula, DDS pride themselves on offering their patients the most comprehensive and sophisticated options for dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Their caring and talented dental family’s first priority is the well being of their patients. They strive to help their patients achieve optimum dental health by providing personalized and compassionate dental care. Their team is comprised of highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in every phase of dental treatment. They are committed to continued education, which enables delivery of the very finest, state-of-the-art cosmetic, restorative, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, along with Invisalign® clear aligners.

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