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Facing:
tooth colored overlay on the visible portion of a crown; may be acrylic, composite or porcelain

FAGD:
Fellowship Academy of General Dentistry

Filling:
restoration of lost tooth structure with metal, porcelain or resin materials

Fistula:
channel emanating pus from an infection site; a gum boil

Flap surgery:
lifting of gum tissue to expose and clean underlying tooth and bone structures

Freeway space:
distance between the upper and lower teeth with the lower jaw in rest position

Forceps:
instrument used for removal of teeth

Forensic dentistry:
practice of gathering legal evidence for body identification or judicial issues

Fossa:
valley found on the sutrpface of posterior teeth

Full denture:
removable dental prosthesis (appliance) replacing all upper or lower teeth

Full mouth reconstruction:
extensive restorations of natural teeth with crowns and or fixed bridges to manage bite problems.

Frenectomy:
removal or reshaping of thin muscle tissue that attaches the upper or lower lips to the gum, or the tongue to the floor of the mouth