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Saliva - clear lubricating protective fluid in the mouth containing water, enzymes, bacteria, mucus, viruses, blood cells and undigested food particles

Saliva ejector - suction tube placed in the mouth to remove saliva and blood

Salivary glands – glands located under tongue and in cheeks, produce saliva to lubricate the mouth and act on food to start the digestive process

Scaling and root planning – professional removal of plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces using hand instruments and ultrasonic devices

Sealants - thin resin material bonded in the pits and fissures of back teeth for the prevention of decay

Secondary dentin - reparative tooth structure produced by the pulp in response to tooth irritation

Sequstrum - loosened spicule of bone pushed to the surface

Sinus Graft - Grafting the maxillary sinus with autogenous bone or bone replacement graft material to facilitate the placement of longer length implants

Sinusitis - infammation of the sinus that may mimic dental pain in the upper teeth

Sinusitis (maxillary) - Inflammation of the sinus. Signs include sensitivity of the teeth to tapping, fever and facial swelling. Symptoms includes nasal congestion, post- nasal discharge, bad taste in the mouth, mouth odor, popping of the ears and muffled hearing

Sleep apnea - the periodic interruption or delay in breathing during sleep

Space maintainer - dental device that holds the space lost through premature loss of baby teeth until the eruption of the permanent teeth

Supernumerary tooth - extra tooth

Splinting - Joining of two or more teeth or implants into a rigid or non-rigid unit by means of a fixed or removable restoration

Suppuration - the formation of pus

Stent - A device used in conjunction with a surgical procedure to keep the graft in place or protect a surgical site during the initial healing period


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