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  • In orthodontic coding, refers to the stage of permanent dentition prior to cessation of growth.
  • Graft of tissue between genetically dissimilar members of the same species. Donors may be cadavers, living related or living unrelated individuals. Also called allogenic graft or homograft.
  • the diminution or elimination of pain.
  • A patient's level of consciousness is determined by the provider and not the route of administration of anesthesia. State dental boards regulate the use of anesthesia techniques. The ADA House of Delegates adopted and has published anesthesia policy and guidelines, which are available online.
  • deviation from the normal anatomic structure, growth, development or function; an abnormality.
  • Acronyms for organizations that administer or develop national and international standards. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is the national organization established for the purpose of accrediting and coordinating product standards development activities in the United States. It is(...)
  • Mandibular and maxillary centrals, laterals and cuspids. The designation of permanent anterior teeth in the Universal/National tooth numbering system include teeth 6 through 11 (maxillary), and 22 through 27 (mandibular); primary teeth in the Universal/National tooth numbering system are(...)
  • A diagnostic X-ray technique used to view bone structures following injection of a contrast medium into a joint.
  • The diminution or elimination of anxiety.
  • Legislation that requires managed care organizations (MCOs), such as health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) to contract with any providers who are willing to meet the terms of the contract.
  • The tip or end of the root end of the tooth.
  • The process of induced root development to encourage the formation of a calcified barrier in a tooth with immature root formation or an open apex. May involve the placement of an artificial apical barrier prior to nonsurgical endodontic obturation.
  • Vital pulp therapy performed to encourage continued physiological formation and development of the tooth root.
  • Amputation of the apex of a tooth.
  • A formal request that an insurer review denied or unpaid claims for services or supplies provided. An appeal can be filed by a healthcare provider or a patient in an attempt to recover reimbursement from a third-party payer such as a private insurance company.
  • The curved composite structure of the natural dentition and the residual ridge, or the remains thereof, after the loss of some or all of the natural teeth.
  • A two digit numeric system used to report regions of the oral cavity to third party payers. 00 entire oral cavity 01 maxillary arch 02 mandibular arch 10 upper right quadrant 20 upper left quadrant 30 lower left quadrant 40 lower right quadrant
  • Restoration covering or replacing the major part, or the whole of the clinical crown of a tooth, or implant.
  • A procedure whereby a beneficiary/patient authorizes the administrator of the program to forward payment for a covered procedure directly to the treating dentist.
  • An obsolete term for the ADA Dental Claim Form. See claim form.