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Tartar:
common term for dental calculus, a hard deposit that adheres to teeth; produces rough surface that attracts plaque

Tmd (or tmj disorder):
temperomandibular disorder; term given to condition characterized by facial pain and restricted ability to open or move the jaw

Tmj:
the temporomandibular joint, the point where the lower jaw attaches to the skull

Third-party provider:
insurance company, union, government agency that pays all or a part of cost of dental treatment

Tooth bud:
early embryonic structure that becomes a tooth

Tooth whitening:
a chemical or laser process to lighten the color of teeth

Topical anesthetic:
ointment that produces mild anesthesia when applied to tissue surface

Torus:
common bony protuberance on the palate or lower jaw

Transplant:
placing a natural tooth in the empty socket of another tooth

Trauma:
injury caused by external force, chemical, temperature extremes, or poor tooth alignment

Trench mouth:
gum disease characterized by severe mouth sores and loss of tissue. See ANUG.