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  • Cafeteria Plan
    Employee benefit plan in which employees select their medical insurance coverage and other nontaxable fringe benefits from a list of options provided by the employer. Cafeteria plan participants may receive additional, taxable cash compensation if they select less expensive benefits.
  • Calculus
    Hard deposit of mineralized substance adhering to crowns and/or roots of teeth or prosthetic devices.
  • Canal
    A relatively narrow tubular passage or channel.
  • Cantilever Extension
    Part of a fixed prosthesis that extends beyond the abutment to which it is attached and has no additional support.
  • Capitation
    A capitation program is one in which a dentist or dentists contract with the programs' sponsor or administrator to provide all or most of the dental services covered under the program to subscribers in return for payment on a per-capita basis.
  • Caries
    Commonly used term for tooth decay.
  • Carious Lesion
    A cavity caused by caries.
  • Case Management
    The monitoring and coordination of treatment rendered to patients with specific diagnoses or requiring high cost or extensive services. May include complex treatment plans or discussion between multiple practitioners. A process of identifying patients with special health care needs, developing(...)
  • Cavity
    Missing tooth structure. A cavity may be due to decay, erosion or abrasion. If caused by caries; also referred to as carious lesion.
  • Cement Base
    Material used under a filling to replace lost tooth structure.
  • Cementum
    Hard connective tissue covering the outer surface of a tooth root.
  • Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS)
    The federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, State . Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) programs. CMS is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Cephalometric Image
    A standardized, extraoral projection utilized in the scientific study of the measurements of the head.
  • Claim
    A request for payment under a dental benefit plan; a statement listing services rendered, the dates of services, and itemization of costs. The completed request serves as the basis for payment of benefits.
  • Claimant
    Person or authorized provider who files a claim for benefits. Patient or certificate holder who files a claim for benefits.
  • Claimform
    A form, paper or electronic, used to report dental procedures to a third-party payer in order to file for benefits under a dental benefit program. The paper claim form was developed by the American Dental Association.
  • Claims Payment Fraud
    The intentional manipulation or alteration of facts or procedure codes submitted by a treating dentist resulting in a lower payment to the beneficiary and/or the treating dentist than would have been paid if the manipulation had not occurred.
  • Claims Reporting Fraud
    The intentional misrepresentation of material facts concerning treatment provided and/or charges made, in that this misrepresentation would cause a higher payment.
  • Cleft Palate
    Congenital deformity resulting in lack of fusion of the soft and/or hard palate, either partial or complete.
  • Clenching
    The clamping and pressing of the jaws and teeth together in centric occlusion, frequently associated with psychological stress or physical effort.