Damon Bracket

This is a self-ligating bracket made by Ormco. This company has launched this bracket onto the market supported by a previously unheard amount of advertising and numerous wonderful promises. In ...

Deckbiss

This is an obsolete term which is only used in Germany. It refers to the pronounced Angle-Class II/2. It is characterized by a retrusive occlusion in the lower jaw, a large upper jaw, upper front ...

Deep Bite

This term refers to a deep overbite in the front teeth that goes in a vertical direction. It causes the lower incisors to be mostly or completely covered by the upper incisors when the bite comes ...

Dehiscence

Dehiscence is a local decline of the bone overlying the tooth roots, usually on the outside. The long-term consequences of dehiscence of the bone are a decrease in gum and an exposed tooth root. ...

Delaire-Mask

This is an extra-oral appliance that was developed by J. Delaire and H. Petit in France and is used for the treatment of a protruded lower jaw (reverse lower-jaw overbite) in children and certain ...

Demineralisation

Demineralisation describes the loss of mineral substance, in dentistry it’s the decalcification of the tooth enamel. This causes white or brown spots or even leads to caries. The English term for ...

Dental enamel

The almost exclusively anorganic-crystalline substance which covers the dental crowns. Dental enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.

Dental pulp

In colloquial terms this fibrous structure in the middle of the tooth is called nerve. Blood vessels and nerve tracts run through the dental pulp.

Dentin

Dentin, next to tooth enamel and root cement (cementum) the most important hard substance of the tooth.

Dentitio difficilis

A difficult tooth eruption with concomitant inflammation, swelling and pain

Diastema mediale

Tooth gap between the central incisors. A diastema means no health risk at all, but is seen as an aesthetic problem by some people. [caption id="attachment_8435" align="alignnone" width="300"] ...

Digital volume tomography (DVT)

The digital volume tomography is an X-ray computed tomography which allows three-dimensional imaging of the examined tissue. Due to the cone beam technique there’s less radiation exposure ...

Discus articularis

Discus articularis is the Latin term for the joint disc, e.g. of the temporomandibular joint

Distal

Distal is a directional term for: in the direction of the end of the dental arch.

Distalokklusion

This refers to the backward position of the lower jaw or the lower row of teeth and is usually associated with an enlarged overbite of the incisors. [caption id="attachment_8442" ...

Distraction Osteogenesis

This refers to the gradual stretching of segments of bone that were previously divided by using so-called dental distractors, whereby the growth of new bone in the resulting gap can be quickly ...

Dysfunction of the tongue

Tongue dysfunction is usually referred to as the flat tongue position and the insertion of the tongue between the teeth. Common side effects of tongue dysfunction are sigmatism (lisp) and an open ...

Dysgnathia

Dysgnathia refers to an improper bite. In a broader sense it describes all kinds of tooth irregularities or disproportionate jaw relationships. Moreover, dysgnathia is a descriptive term which ...

Dysgnathia Surgery

This term refers to a branch of dento-facial surgery that is concerned with the surgical lengthening of either a part of a jaw or of a whole jaw where there is a pronounced deviation in the ...