Glossary of Denture Terms and Definitions

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Acrylic

Any of numerous synthetic fibers polymerized from acrylonitrile.

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DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Dentures

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable (removable partial denture or complete denture). However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants (fixed prosthodontics). There are two main categories of dentures, the distinction being whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or on the maxillary arch.

DMD

Doctor of Dental Medicine.

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Lucitone 199

Lucitone 199 Denture Resin is an acrylic whose ultra-high impact strength has set the industry standard for denture resins. Offering superb resistance to flexure fatigue, excellent tissue coloration, vein simulation and balanced translucency, Lucitone 199 Denture Resin is available in four esthetic shades: Original, Light, Light Reddish Pink and Dark Pink.

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Maxillofacial

Of, relating to, or treating the maxilla and the face.

Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

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Prosthodontics

Also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses. It is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.