Pictures of Dentistry and Dental Procedures

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by Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Director of The Center for Special Dentistry.

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Decalcification of teeth, decalcified tooth

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teeth decalcification tooth cavity cavities dental caries interproximal incipient lesion white spot Before and after pictures. Treatment of teeth decalcification. This is frequently caused by oral ingestion of fruit juices and improper oral hygiene. Fruit juice typically contains lots of sticky sugar and acid.
teeth decalcification decalcified interproximal lesion tooth decay cavity  bonding filling white Decay removal in a large cavity and bonding. The arrow in the photo shows the white lesion on the outer edge of the tooth. This is an example of teeth decalcification. Note: "4. bonding. (the white in photo #2 is decalfication)."
interproximal tooth decay cavity caries, teeth decalcification decalcified dental dentistry white Interproximal decay seen in this photo while removing an adjacent dental crown. Preparation into this stain clearly shows the white lesion that is diagnosed as tooth decalcification and brown tooth decay surrounding this white area.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.