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    The nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue inside a tooth.


The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Biological tissue is a group of cells that perform a similar function.The study of tissues is known as histology, or, in connection with disease, histopathology.The classical tools for studying the tissues are the wax block, the tissue stain, and the optical microscope, though developments in electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, and frozen sections have all added to the sum of knowledge in the last couple of decades.



Preferred provider (dental) organization which a health care (dental) provider may join, offering fee for service treatment at reduced fees.

The anticipated outcome of treatment.

Cleaning of the teeth for the prevention of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

An artificial appliance for the replacement for a body part.

Dental specialist skilled in restoring or replacing teeth with fixed or removable prosthesis (appliance), maintaining proper occlusion; treats facial deformities with artificial prostheses such as eyes, ears, and noses.


Pulp cap
A medicated covering over a small area of exposed pulp tissue.

Pulp chamber
The center or innermost portion of the tooth containing the pulp.

Complete removal of the pulp (commonly done in children's teeth).

Older term for periodontal (gum) disease.

Paget's disease
A disease characterised by accelerated bone turnover. The bone becomes enlarged, hyperaemic and fragile. ('Osteitis deformans')

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