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  • Gate Keeper System
    A managed care concept used by some alternative benefit plans, in which enrollees select a primary care dentist, usually a general practitioner or pediatric dentist, who is responsible for providing non-specialty care and managing referrals, as appropriate, for specialty and ancillary care.
  • General Anesthesia
    a drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimulation. The ability to independently maintain ventilatory function is often impaired. Patients often require assistance in maintaining a patent airway, and positive pressure ventilation may be(...)
  • Genetic Test
    Laboratory technique used to determine if a person has a genetic condition or disease or is likely to get the disease.
  • Gingiva
    Soft tissues overlying the crowns of unerupted teeth and encircling the necks of those that have erupted.
  • Gingivectomy
    The excision or removal of gingiva.
  • Gingivitis
    Inflammation of gingival tissue without loss of connective tissue.
  • Gingivoplasty
    Surgical procedure to reshape gingiva.
  • Glass Ionomer
    Polyelectrolyte cement in which the solid powder phase is a fluoride-containing aluminosilicate glass powder to be mixed with polymeric carboxylic acid. The cement can be used to restore teeth, fill pits and fissures, lute and line cavities. It is also known as glass polyalkenoate cement,(...)
  • Gold Foil
    Thin pure gold leaf that is self adhering when condensed into a cavity. One of the oldest restorative techniques, it is compacted or condensed into a retentive cavity form.
  • Graft
    A piece of tissue or alloplastic material placed in contact with tissue to repair a defect or supplement a deficiency.
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
    A surgical procedure that uses a barrier membrane placed under the gingival tissue and over the remaining bone support to enhance regeneration of new bone.