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  • Radicular
    Pertaining to the root.
  • Radiograph
    An image or picture produced on a radiation sensitive film, phosphorous plate, emulsion or digital sensor by exposure to ionizing radiation.
  • Radiographics/Surgical Implant Index
    An appliance, designed to relate osteotomy or fixture position to existing anatomic structures.
  • Rebase
    Process of refitting a denture by replacing the base material.
  • Recalcification
    Procedure used to encourage biologic root repair of external and internal resorption defects. See apexification.
  • Reimbursement
    Payment made by a third party to a beneficiary or to a dentist on behalf of the beneficiary, to offset expenses incurred for a service covered by the dental benefit plan.
  • Reimplantation, Tooth
    The return of a tooth to its alveolus.
  • Reinsurance
    Insurance for third-party payers to spread their risk for losses (claims paid) over a specified dollar amount.
  • Relative Value System
    Coded listing of professional services with unit values to indicate relative complexity as measured by time, skill, and overhead costs. Third-party payers typically assign a dollar value per unit to calculate provider reimbursement.
  • Reline
    Process of resurfacing the tissue side of a removable prosthesis with new base material.
  • Removable Partial Denture
    A removable partial denture is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth that can be removed by the patient.
  • Removable Prosthesis
    Complete or partial prosthesis, which after an initial fitting by a dentist, can be removed and reinserted by the patient.
  • Residual Root
    Remaining root structure following the loss of the major portion (over 75%) of the crown.
  • Resin Infiltration
    Application of a resin material engineered to penetrate and fill the sub-surface pore system of an incipient caries lesion to strengthen, stabilize, and limit the lesion's progression, as well as mask visible white spots.
  • Resin, Acrylic
    Resinous material of the various esters of acrylic acid, used as a denture base material, for trays or for other restorations.
  • Retail Store Dentistry
    Refers to dental services offered within a retail, department or drug store operation. Typically, space is leased from the store by a separate administrative group that, in turn, subleases to a dentist or dental group providing the actual dental services. The dental operation generally(...)
  • Retrograde Filling
    A method of sealing the root canal by preparing and filling it from the root apex.
  • Retrospective Review
    A post-treatment assessment of services on a case-by-case or aggregate basis after the services have been performed.
  • Revision
    The act of revising; second or more surgical procedure for correction of a condition.
  • Risk Pool
    A portion of provider fees or capitation payments withheld as financial reserves to cover unanticipated utilization of services in an alternative benefit plan.