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L | Dental Dictionary

  • laminate veneer - thin material, generally tooth-colored, used to cover the front of a healthy tooth to restore the appearance from discoloration, damage, misalignment, or other such cosmetic issues
  • laughing gas - a common term used for nitrous oxide, an odorless gas that produces a mild sedative effect when inhaled
  • lesion - tissue injury, generally due to trauma, infection, or illness
  • ligation - the process of attaching an archwire to braces in orthodontic treatment
  • ligature - thin wire used to hold the archwire in the bracket in orthodontic treatment
  • lingual - refers to area or surface on or around the tongue, opposite of facial
  • lip bumper - archwire attached to a piece of molded plastic, holds back molars of lower jaw to provide more space for the other teeth
  • local anesthesia - medication used to block nerve impulses to provide partial or complete elimination of pain during treatment
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