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Have you ever visited our office and been confused with some of the terms we mention throughout your appointment? Our team wants to make sure you know everything that’s going on when it comes to your oral health, including key dental terms we use, such as dental veneers in Northbrook. If you have any questions regarding an appointment or procedure, don’t hesitate to ask! Here are some must-know dental terms.


Full-Mouth X-Rays

A full-mouth set of x-rays is composed of 18-22 images (about 2-3 teeth per image) that together give a radiograph representation of a patient’s teeth.  These x-rays are commonly utilized during a comprehensive dental exam and updated every 5-7 years to monitor significant dental work such as for decay, infections, gum disease treatment and more.



A dental implant is a tooth root replacement that connects with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis. Examples of these prostheses are crowns, bridges, and dentures. 


Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease an infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. It’s the inflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth.


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

TMJ is the connecting hinge mechanism between the base of the skull and the lower jaw. Sometimes, people can have severe TMJ pain due to trauma, arthritis, overactivity of the TMJ such as blenching or grinding and misalignment of the jaw joint. Ask us about our TMJ remedies


If you ever have a question about a term that we use, ask us about it! We are here to help you understand the process of your dentist’s appointment and what you should expect every time you sit in our chair. If you are ready to discuss a treatment plan such as dental veneers near Northbrook, contact us today. 

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