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a complement of teeth, either natural or artificial; ordinarily used to designate an artificial replacement for the natural teeth and adjacent tissues.
complete denture an appliance replacing all the teeth of one jaw, as well as associated structures of the jaw.
fixed partial denture a partial denture held in position by attachments to adjacent prepared natural teeth, roots, or implants; called also bridge.
implant denture an artificial denture or single tooth retained and stabilized by a framework or post implanted in the bone.
A subperiosteal implant. From Darby and Walsh, 1995.
overlay denture a complete denture supported both by soft tissue (mucosa) and by a few remaining natural teeth that have been altered, as by insertion of a long or short coping, to permit the denture to fit over them.
partial denture a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth, receiving support and retention from underlying tissues and some or all of the remaining teeth; it may be either permanently attached or removable. See fixed partial denture and removable partial denture.
removable partial denture a partial denture made so that it can readily be removed from the mouth.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


An artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture; it replaces the lost natural tooth, restores its functions, and usually occupies the space previously occupied by the natural crown.
Synonym(s): dummy (1)
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


An artificial tooth on a fixed or removable partial denture; it replaces the lost natural tooth and restores its functions, and usually occupies the space previously occupied by the natural crown.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


An artificial tooth.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture; replaces lost natural tooth, restores its functions, and usually occupies space previously occupied by natural crown.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Heptanesian and Pontic data are analyzed in section 4, where claims and proposals are put forward with respect to the morphology of [+/- human] loan nouns.
The current article describes a clinical case treated with a FRC bridge, which was fabricated using the natural tooth as a pontic for immediate replacement of a central permanent incisor in a teenage patient.
In a study similar to ours, Yilmaz and Polat (2002) compared the precision of age estimates from otoliths, vertebrae, opercula, subopercula, and scales from pontic shad and found that the most precise aging was performed with vertebrae.
this action",[1] whereas Suetonius says "In His Pontic triumph he displayed among the show-pieces of the procession an inscription of
The Turkish Tourist Office has also been promoting the beauty of the Pontic Alps in the region as an ecotourism wonderland.
In the early nineteenth century, for example, most Poles identified "Ukraine" as the region around Kiev, that is, the Kiev Province of the Russian Empire (for them, Volhynia and Podolia, to say nothing of Austrian Galicia, were not part of Ukraine); many Russians, including so-called "Little Russians" or Ukrainians, defined it in terms of the area around the city of Kharkiv and east to Kursk and Voronezh, that is, the lands of the old "Hetmanate" and Sloboda Ukraine (most of which was never a part of Poland), while still others thought of Ukraine in terms of the entire region from the Carpathians to the Kuban, that is, the entire expanse of the Pontic Steppe and beyond.
For this research study, ancient mtDNA from osteological samples of Neolithic populations from the North Pontic region (NPR) of southeast Europe was extracted and analyzed using advanced molecular genetics techniques, including PCR amplification, direct sequencing and cloning of the amplification products.
[Macka (Sumela), Pontic Alpes] (Villiers 1959; Sama 1982); Tunceli prov.
The majority view in historical linguistics is that the homeland of Indo-European is located in the Pontic steppes (present day Ukraine) around 6,000 years ago.
The Assyrian Genocide, also known as Sayfo, refers to the mass slaughter of the Assyrian population of the Ottoman Empire during the 1890s, the First World War, and the period of 1922-1925, a time of friendly relations between the Ottomans and the British, who were defending the Ottomans from the Russian Empire's efforts to include under its protection the communities of Ottoman Orthodox Christians The Assyrian genocide took place in the same context as the Armenian and Pontic Greek genocides.