Dental Insurance Glossary




Imaging, Diagnostic
This would include, but is not limited to, CAT scans, MRIs, photographs, radiographs, etc.
Immediate Denture
Prosthesis constructed for placement immediately after removal of remaining natural teeth.
Impacted Tooth
An unerupted or partially erupted tooth that is positioned against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue so that complete eruption is unlikely.
Implant
Material inserted or grafted into tissue; dental implant – device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone as a means of providing for dental replacement; endosteal (endosseous); eposteal (subperiosteal); transosteal (transosseous).
Implantation, Tooth
Placement of an artificial or natural tooth into an alveolus.
Incisal
Pertaining to the biting edges of the incisor and cuspid teeth.
Incisal Angle
One of the angles formed by the junction of the incisal and the mesial or distal surfaces of an anterior tooth; called the mesioincisal and distoincisal angle respectfully.
Indirect Pulp Cap
Procedure in which the nearly exposed pulp is covered with a protective dressing to protect the pulp from additional injury and to promote healing and repair via formation of secondary dentin.
Indirect Restoration
A restoration fabricated outside the mouth.
Inlay
An indirect intracoronal restoration; a dental restoration made outside the oral cavity to correspond to the form of the prepared cavity, which is then luted into the tooth.
Intentional Reimplantation
The intentional removal, radicular repair and replacement of a tooth into its alveolus.
Interim Prosthesis
A provisional prosthesis designed for use over a limited period of time, after which it is to be replaced by a more definitive restoration.
Interproximal
Between the adjoining surfaces of adjacent teeth in the same arch.
Intracoronal
Referring to "within" the crown of a tooth.
Intraoral
Inside the mouth.
Intravenous Sedation/Analgesia
A medically controlled state of depressed consciousness while maintaining the patient’s airway, protective reflexes and the ability to respond to stimulation or verbal commands. It includes intravenous administration of sedative and/or analgesic agent(s) and appropriate monitoring.