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an appliance or device that keeps a tooth or partial denture in proper position.
matrix retainer a mechanical device that clamps the ends of a matrix band and tightens it around a tooth.
Tofflemire retainer a type of matrix retainer.
Any type of clasp, attachment, or device used for the fixation or stabilization of a prosthesis; an appliance used to prevent the shifting of teeth following orthodontic treatment.
retainer/re·tain·er/ (-tān´er) an appliance or device that keeps a tooth or partial denture in proper position.
Dentistry An appliance used to hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.
Etymology: L, retinere, to hold
1 the part of a dental prosthesis that is cemented to an abutment tooth to which the suspended part of a bridge (called the pontic) is attached. It may be an inlay, a partial crown, or a complete crown.
2 an appliance for maintaining teeth positions and jaw relations gained by orthodontic procedures. Also called retaining orthodontic appliance.
3 the part of a fixed prosthesis that attaches a pontic to the abutment teeth.
4 any clasp, attachment, or device for fixing or stabilizing a dental prosthesis.
retainerA term of art for a UK doctor who is on the “retainer scheme”, which allows doctors who are not otherwise employed to return part-time to NHS practice.
Any type of clasp, attachment, or other device used to fix or stabilize a prosthesis; an appliance used to prevent the shifting of teeth following orthodontic treatment.
An orthodontic appliance that is worn to stabilize teeth in a new position.
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1. Any type of clasp, attachment, or device used to fixate or stabilize a prosthesis.
2. Appliance used to prevent shifting of teeth after orthodontic treatment.
a regular periodic payment made to a veterinarian in order to ensure that his/her services will be available if a particular need arises.
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