Dental Insurance Glossary
- Removal of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth.
- Service Description
- A description of the services performed.
- One of the six relatively equal sections into which a dental arch can be divided, for example: tooth numbers 1-5; 6-11; 12-16; 17-21; 22-27; 28-32. Sometimes used for recording periodontal charting.
- Surgical procedure for the repair of a defect and/or restoration of portion of a salivary gland duct.
- Inspection of the salivary ducts and glands by radiograph after the injection of a radiopaque medium.
- Surgical procedure by which a stone within a salivary gland or its duct is removed, either intraorally or extraorally.
- A term used to describe a single contiguous area, position, or locus. A single site is an area of communication that may involve adjacent teeth. All non-communicating areas are single sites.
- A device used to support, protect, or immobilize oral structures that have been loosened, replanted, fractured, or traumatized. Also refers to devices used in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.
- Inflammation of the membranes of the mouth.
- Stress Breaker
- That part of a tooth-borne and/or tissue-borne prosthesis designed to relieve the abutment teeth and their supporting tissues from harmful stresses.
- Study Model
- Plaster or stone model of teeth and adjoining tissues; also referred to as diagnostic cast.
- Summary of Benefits
- An overview of how the total charges were considered in processing the claim.
- These codes are used to represent all possible tooth surfaces:
B = Buccal or facial
O = Occlusal
M = Mesial
D = Distal
I = Incisal
L = Lingual
- Stitch used to repair incision or wound.