Dental Jargon—into English!
Does it ever seem like everyone you do business with—from the auto mechanic to the attorney to the tax accountant—uses a secret language to describe what you’re paying for?
You’d like to know what they’re talking about, but you’re afraid to ask. Maybe it’s over your head. Maybe they don’t really want you to know.
This “tech talk” may come naturally to them, but it can make the rest of us pretty uncomfortable. It’s as though every specialist has built a Black Box around himself that transforms every question you ask into an answer in a language you can’t understand.
Our practice doesn’t operate that way. For starters, we want you to know—and to understand—everything. We’re committed to simple, straightforward communication, so if you ever catch us using a word or phrase you don’t recognize, please feel free to ask for clarification!
We consider it an important part of our job to keep you informed, as we want our patients to be the most savvy around on the subject of dental health.
Common Dental Terms into Simple English
- Carious fissure – the start of a cavity
- Gnathic structure – your jaw
- Xerostomia – dry mouth
- Malocclusion – a bad bite
- Mandible – lower jaw
- Maxilla – upper jaw
- Oral cavity – inside your mouth
- Gingivitis – beginning gum disease
- Bruxism – clenching or grinding of teeth
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.