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  • Facial
    The surface of a tooth directed toward . the cheeks or lips (i.e., the buccal and labial surfaces) and opposite the lingual surface.
  • Family Deductible
    A deductible that is satisfied by combined expenses of all covered family members. For example, a program with $25 deductible may limit its application to a maximum of three deductibles, or $75 for the family, regardless of the number of family members. See deductible.
  • Fascial
    Related to a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating or binding together muscles, organs and other soft tissue structures of the body.
  • Fee
    The monetary value ascribed to a procedure delivered by a dentist to a patient. There are various terms that include the word or concept of a fee that are defined as follows.
  • Fee Schedule
    A list of the charges established or agreed to by a dentist for specific dental services.
  • Fee-For-Service
    A method of reimbursement by which the dentist establishes and expects to receive his or her full fee for the specific service(s) performed.
  • Filling
    A lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain.
  • Fixed Partial Denture
    A prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or otherwise attached to the abutment teeth or implant replacements.
  • Fixed Prosthesis
    Non-removable dental prosthesis which is solidly attached to abutment teeth, roots or implants.
  • Fixed-Removable Prosthesis
    Combined prosthesis, one or more parts of which are fixed, and the other(s) attached by devices which allow their detachment, removal and reinsertion by the dentist only.
  • Flexible Benefits
    A benefit program in which an employee has a choice of credits or dollars for distribution among various benefit options, e.g., health and disability insurance, dental benefits, childcare, or pension benefits. See cafeteria plans; flexible spending account.
  • Flexible Spending Account
    Employee reimbursement account primarily funded with employee designated salary reductions. Funds are reimbursed to the employee for health care (medical and/or dental), dependent care, and/or legal expenses, and are considered a nontaxable benefit.
  • Foramen
    Natural opening into or through bone.
  • Fracture
    The breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure; breaking of a tooth.
  • Franchise Dentistry
    Refers to a system for marketing a dental practice, usually under a trade name, where permitted by state laws. In return for a financial investment or other consideration, participating dentists may also receive the benefits of media advertising, a national referral system, and financial and(...)
  • Freedom Of Choice
    The concept that a patient has the right to choose any licensed dentist to deliver his or her oral health care without any type of coercion.
  • Frenum
    Muscle fibers covered by a mucous membrane that attaches the cheek, lips and or tongue to associated dental mucosa.
  • Full Fee
    The fee for a service that is set by the dentist, which reflects the costs of providing the procedure and the value of the dentist's professional judgment. A contractual relationship does not change a dentist's full fee. It is always appropriate to report the full fee for each service reported(...)
  • Furcation
    The anatomic area of a multirooted tooth where the roots diverge.