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  • Early And Periodic Screening, Diagnosis And Treatment Program (EPSDT)
    A federal program that provides comprehensive health care for children through periodic screenings, diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Edentulous
    Without teeth.
  • Eligibility Date
    The date an individual and/or dependents become eligible for benefits under a dental benefit contract. Often referred to as effective date.
  • Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
    A federal act, passed in 1974, which established new standards and reporting/disclosure requirements for employer-funded pension and welfare benefit programs. To date, self-funded health benefit plans operating under ERISA have been held to be exempt from most state insurance laws, although(...)
  • Enamel
    Hard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth.
  • Endodontics
    Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp, the etiology, diagnosis,(...)
  • Endodontist
    A dental specialist who limits his/her practice to treating disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.
  • Endosteal
    Device placed into the alveolar and basal bone of the mandible or maxilla and transecting only one cortical plate.
  • Enrollee
    Individual covered by a benefit plan. See beneficiary.
  • Enteral
    any technique of administration in which the agent is absorbed through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or oral mucosa (i.e., oral, rectal, sublingual).
  • Entity
    Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit. Persons and corporations are equivalent entities under the law.
  • Eposteal
    Subperiosteal implant that conforms to the superior surface of an edentulous area of alveolar bone.
  • Equilibration
    Reshaping of the occlusal surfaces of teeth to create harmonious contact relationships between the upper and lower teeth also known as occlusal adjustment.
  • Established Patient
    A patient who has received professional services from a dentist or another dentist of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice, within the past three years, subject to state laws.
  • Evaluation
    The patient assessment that may include gathering of information through interview, observation, examination, and use of specific tests that allows a dentist to diagnose existing conditions. Please refer to specific oral evaluation code descriptors for more complete definitions.
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
    An approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific data relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences.
  • Evulsion
    Separation of the tooth from its socket due to trauma. See avulsion.
  • Excision
    Surgical removal of bone or tissue.
  • Exclusions
    Dental services not covered under a dental benefit program.
  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
    A type of preferred provider organization under which employees must use providers from the specified network of dentists to receive coverage there is no coverage for care received from a non-network provider except in an emergency situation.