Dental Terminology Lecture 4: Tooth Extraction and Surgical Terminology

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What is a dental bone graft used for?

To restore volume and density in the jawbone for later placement of dental implants

What are dental implants made of?

Medical-grade titanium or zirconia

What is the purpose of an apicoectomy?

To surgically remove the root tip to treat a dead tooth

What is dry socket?

A condition that can occur following extractions, when the blood clotting process is disturbed

What is the function of local anesthetic in dentistry?

To numb the areas where a tooth or area requires a dental procedure

What is the composition of the hard palate?

Formed of bones

What stimulates the secretion of saliva by salivary glands?

Parasympathetic innervation

What type of sensations can the mucous membrane covering the tongue feel?

General sensations (pain, temperature & touch)

What is the space between the gums and the cheek called?


What type of glands are responsible for secreting saliva into the oral cavity?

Exocrine glands

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Tooth Extraction

  • Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, chronic tooth infections were linked to various health problems, making tooth extraction a common treatment for medical conditions.
  • Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where the tooth is completely removed from its socket.

Indications for Tooth Extraction

  • Severe dental caries or infection.
  • Extra teeth blocking other teeth from coming in.
  • Severe gingival disease.
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment.
  • Teeth in the fracture line.
  • Teeth that cannot be restored by endodontic treatment.
  • Fractured teeth.
  • Supernumerary or malformed teeth.
  • Insufficient space for wisdom teeth.

Test your knowledge of dental terminology and surgical procedures with a focus on tooth extraction and related indications. Learn about the historical significance of tooth extraction in treating various medical conditions.

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