Dental Glossary

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Abscess
An infection of a tooth, soft tissue, or bone

Allowance
Share or portion allotted or granted.

Amalgam
common filling material used to repair cavities. The material, also known as "silver fillings," contains mercury in combination with silver, tin, copper, and sometimes zinc.

Antiseptic
A chemical agent which can be applied to living tissues to destroy germs.

Anesthetic 
A drug which a doctor or dentist uses to put you, your mouth, or some other part of your body asleep so you do not feel any pain during dental or medical procedures.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Decay in infants and children, most often affecting the upper front teeth, caused by sweetened liquids given and left clinging to the teeth for long periods (for example, in feeding bottles or pacifiers). Also called early childhood carries.

Benefit Period
Benefit term from effective date to renewal date.

Bitewings
Dental radiographs which check for cavities in-between the teeth as well as showing the quantity and quality of bone in-between the teeth.

Bruxism
The habit of clenching and grinding the teeth using extremes of muscle power. Often some part of the mastication system is harmed, either the muscles, the jaw joint, or the teeth. Over thirty percent of the population does this to some degree, mostly at night in deep sleep stages. People are often unaware of the habit until either signs or symptoms appear. The habit often correlates with physical or emotional stress.

 

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Caries
Another name for a cavity (tooth decay)

Co-payment
The portion of the cost that is paid by the member.

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Decalcification
The loss of calcium from your teeth. This weakens your teeth and makes them more susceptible to decay.

Denture
A synthetic replacement for all of your teeth in either your upper or your lower jaw.

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Effective Date
Date on which the vision plan benefits are available to the member.

Enamel
The hard crystalline material that covers the outside of the tooth. The hardest substance in the human body.

Enrollment Package
Provided to the employee or member to outline benefits and features of Advantica Dental plan.

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Frequency
How often the benefits are available to the member.

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Gingivitis
The first stage of periodontal disease, characterized by inflammation of the gum tissue without any bone loss. The clinical signs are swelling and bleeding upon stimulation.

Group Number
Number that is assigned to an employer group to identify it, used by providers to help find the member eligibility information.

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Implants
Artificial tooth roots that are placed into and fuse with the bone of the jaw. They can be used to replace teeth or to support and retain dentures.

Independent Provider
Single site provider not associated with a large chain, open standard hours.

Inlay
A laboratory made internal filling, cemented or bonded into a tooth.

In-Network Provider
Provider who is contracted to provide services for Advantica members.

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Night Guard
A device similar to a retainer which separates the teeth and oftens relaxes the muscles which position the jaw.

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Out-of-Network Provider
Provider who is not contracted with Advantica to provide services.

Out-of-Network Re-imbursement Form
Form used to submit out of network re-imbursement request to Advantica.

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Provider
Dental care professional who renders services for Advantica members.

Provider Network
All of the contracted providers with Advantica that comprise our national dental network.

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Wisdom teeth
Third (last) molars that usually erupt at age 18-25.

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X-rays
High frequency light (or radiation) that penetrates different substances with different rates and absorption. In dentistry, there are typically four types of X-rays: periapical, bite-wing, occlusal, and panoramic.