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Abrasion Mechanical wearing away of tooth structure.
Asymmetry Lopsided unevenness or irregularity in facial features.
Attrition Wearing away of tooth structure during normal function.
Bruxism Excessive grinding of the teeth.
Chief complaint The reason for patient seeking care.
Comprehensive oral exam Extensive evaluation and recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissue.
Crepitus Cracking or grating sound heard upon movement.
Erosion Chemical wearing away of tooth structure.
Etiologic Factors causing disease.
HIPAA An act passed by Congress to address the security and privacy of health data.
Objective evaluation Portion of dental exam that consists of any observations regarding the patient made by members of the dental team.
Palpation A process of applying gentle pressure using the hands or fingers to detect evidence of disease or abnormalities.
Subjective evaluation Portion of the dental exam that consists of the patient's observations about why the paatient decided to visit the dentist.
Created by: mgarrett