Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist | Viviane Haber, DDS Demystifies Dental Terms

Viviane Haber, DDS Demystifies Dental Terms

There are few things more intimidating than walking into a dental clinic and hearing a myriad of terms that you’re unfamiliar with. Today, veteran cosmetic dentist Viviane Haber, DDS explains some of the most common and confusing words heard in dentists offices across America.

According to Viviane Haber, DDS, dental professionals have a language all their own. Words like prophylaxis, orthodontics, and halitosis aren’t as scary as they sound, however, when you understand exactly what they mean.

General terminology

If you’re thinking about going in for a basic cleaning, ask for prophylaxis. Your dentist may also recommend a periodontal scaling, which just means they’re going to deep clean your mouth and gums. A periodontal scaling is used when the soft tissue of the gums has become infected. If not cleaned properly, you may experience a buildup of plaque and tartar that cause inflammation known as gingivitis.

Viviane Haber, DDS recommends regular cleanings to avoid halitosis – bad breath. During your exam, your dentist will look for tooth decay. If found, you will be diagnosed with dental caries. In other words, your dentist has just found a cavity that may require a filling made out of tooth-colored plastic resin or a silver/copper compound amalgam material.

Dental devices

Viviane Haber, DDS has over 30 years of experience building bridges. But, these bridges are not the kind upon which you drive. A dental bridge is simply a partial denture to replace missing teeth. They are supported by abutments, which is a big word that means the teeth on either side of the denture.  If you are looking for a more permanent solution for a full smile, then you may consider implants which are custom-built teeth that anchor directly into the gum line. Many teenagers need the services of a dentist that specializes in fixing misaligned teeth, also known as an orthodontist.