DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery - equivalent to DMD
DMD - Doctor of Medical Dentistry
- equivalent to DDS
Decay -destruction of tooth structure caused by acids produced
by plaque microorganisms
Deciduous teeth - commonly called "baby teeth," the first
set of (usually) twenty teeth which begin to erupt at 5-6 months of age .Eruption
is completed at the age of 21/2-3 years of age.
Delayed Loading - Refers to the time
of applying force on an implant by means of a temporary prosthesis after initial
placement. This time depends on the quality of bone and primary stability of the
Dentin –inner sensitive layer of tooth structure, immediately under the surface
Dental implant -a (usually) titanium cylinder surgically placed in the bone
of the upper or lower jaw to provide support for a dental restoration or appliance
Dentition - the arrangement of natural or artificial teeth in the mouth
removable (partial or complete) set of artificial teeth
Diastema - space between
Diagnostic wax-up - Laboratory procedure in which teeth are created in wax according
to the planned restoration. It may be used to evaluate the feasibility of a proposed
plan and to fabricate a radiographic template, a surgical guide, or laboratory guides.
Atrophy - Diminution in the density and/or dimension resulting from inactivity.
Site - Area of the body from which graft is harvested