American Dental Association
Professional society representing the field of dentistry.
Individuals licensed to practice DENTISTRY.
Educational institutions for individuals specializing in the field of dentistry.
An approach or process of practicing oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinical relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences. (from J Am Dent Assoc 134: 689, 2003)
Education, Dental, Graduate
Societies whose membership is limited to dentists.
Insurance providing coverage for dental care.
The total of dental diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services provided to meet the needs of a patient (from Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry, 1982).
General Practice, Dental
Nonspecialized dental practice which is concerned with providing primary and continuing dental care.
Dentist's Practice Patterns
Patterns of practice in dentistry related to diagnosis and treatment.
A dental specialty concerned with the maintenance of the dental pulp in a state of health and the treatment of the pulp cavity (pulp chamber and pulp canal).
Facilities where dental care is provided to patients.
Education, Dental, Continuing
Educational programs designed to inform dentists of recent advances in their fields.
Localized destruction of the tooth surface initiated by decalcification of the enamel followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures and leading to cavity formation. If left unchecked, the cavity may penetrate the enamel and dentin and reach the pulp.
Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the black groups of Africa.
The granting of a license to practice dentistry.
Dental Care for Chronically Ill
Dental Care for Children
Reimbursement, Disproportionate Share
Payments that include adjustments to reflect the costs of uncompensated care and higher costs for inpatient care for certain populations receiving mandated services. MEDICARE and MEDICAID include provisions for this type of reimbursement.
A traditional term for all the activities which a physician or other health care professional normally performs to insure the coordination of the medical services required by a patient. It also, when used in connection with managed care, covers all the activities of evaluating the patient, planning treatment, referral, and follow-up so that care is continuous and comprehensive and payment for the care is obtained. (From Slee & Slee, Health Care Terms, 2nd ed)
Medical services for which no payment is received. Uncompensated care includes charity care and bad debts.
Root Canal Therapy
Dental procedure in which the entire pulp chamber is removed from the crown and roots of a tooth.
Dental Implantation, Endosseous
Dental Implants, Single-Tooth
Devices, usually alloplastic, surgically inserted into or onto the jawbone, which support a single prosthetic tooth and serve either as abutments or as cosmetic replacements for missing teeth.