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dentalWhen you have a basic understanding of dental terminology, it’s easier to understand what is going on during your visit to the dentist. So, we decided to highlight a few of the more common dental terms so you can familiarize yourself with them.

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When x-rays are taken of your mouth, Dr. Strandburg is able to see hidden cavities or dental structures that cannot be seen during the visual exam. The picture will capture your teeth, bones, and any dental restorative materials.


A professional dental cleaning removes tartar and plaque that a regular toothbrush cannot eliminate. The removal of plaque contributes to the prevention of cavities and gingivitis.


When your tooth suffers from a cavity or small break, the tooth’s structure is compromised. After the cavity is completely removed, a filling restores the tooth to its ideal form and function.


Plaque, consisting mostly of bacteria and acid, clings to your teeth and causes the enamel to break down. The acid breaks down the enamel and dentin of the tooth causing it to decay. Then, the decay creates a cavity—a “hole” in the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

When the nerve of the tooth is badly infected due to trauma or an untreated cavity, the removal of the pulp cavity may be required. This treatment consists of removing the pulp, which consists of the nerve and blood supply; then cleaning and sealing the tooth.


Sometimes referred to as a cap, a crown is needed when a cavity or break is too large for a filling to restore or when a tooth has been root canal treated. The outside structure of the tooth is removed and an impression is sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the crown. The crown is then cemented into the tooth to improve the strength and appearance.

Tooth Extraction

If a tooth cannot be saved by any of the above methods, or it’s growing in an abnormal direction (i.e. wisdom teeth), sometimes that tooth must be removed.

New to our office?

There is no need to be anxious about your first dental appointment with Dr. Strandburg. Now that you understand the lingo, you’re ready! Before you arrive, make sure to download, print, and bring these documents. We are honored to serve you and contribute to your dental health.

Contact us today with any questions you may have, and to schedule your dental appointment!