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Dental Terms To Know

Published on June 14th, 2019

South and West Loop Dental has been around for over 15 years and as experienced South Loop dentists, we are excited to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. However, we know we are the experts, but we want you to know what’s going on during your visits to feel more comfortable. Learn about some terms we use and the meaning behind them.



Another name for the bicuspids are premolars, which are the teeth that have two pointed cusps on their biting surface. Bicuspids are permanent teeth, used for crushing and tearing into foods to help with chewing and digestion. As an adult, you should have four premolar teeth: two uppers and two lowers.



When the root areas of your tooth are exposed, you may experience pain or sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, and acidic foods and drinks. When dentin is exposed, it means that you may have lost some tooth enamel or have gum recession.



Sealants are plastic coatings, usually placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth—molars and premolars—to help protect the teeth from decay. This protective barrier is placed on children’s teeth to help seal out food and bacteria that normally result in cavities.


As your South Loop dentists, we know that some dental terms can be confusing. These are just a few of the many things discussed in our office, but if you ever have questions regarding your oral health, don’t hesitate to ask us! We are here to help you and your smile shine, so contact us today for your bi-yearly visit at 312.773.8040.

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