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Descriptor in English: Dentistry, Operative
Descriptor in Spanish: Operatoria Dental
Descriptor in Portuguese: Dentística Operatória
Descriptor in French: Dentisterie opératoire
Entry term(s): Operative Dentistry
Tree number(s): E06.323
H02.163.180
Scope note: That phase of clinical dentistry concerned with the restoration of parts of existing teeth that are defective through disease, trauma, or abnormal development, to the state of normal function, health, and esthetics, including preventive, diagnostic, biological, mechanical, and therapeutic techniques, as well as material and instrument science and application. (Jablonski's Dictionary of Dentistry, 2d ed, p237)
Annotation: clinical dentistry concerned with restoration of tooth function (filling, inlay, etc.); do not confuse with SURGERY, ORAL the dental specialty concerned with diagnosis and surgical therapy of diseases, injuries or defects of soft tissues of mouth or jaws
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
EC economics
ED education
ES ethics
HI history
IS instrumentation
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
MT methods
OG organization & administration
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TD trends
History Note: 65; was in Cat E only 1972-79
DeCS UI: 3829
Descriptor UI: D003814
Date Established: 1965/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2008/07/08
Dentistry, Operative - Preferred
Concept UI M0005962
Scope note That phase of clinical dentistry concerned with the restoration of parts of existing teeth that are defective through disease, trauma, or abnormal development, to the state of normal function, health, and esthetics, including preventive, diagnostic, biological, mechanical, and therapeutic techniques, as well as material and instrument science and application. (Jablonski's Dictionary of Dentistry, 2d ed, p237)
Preferred term Dentistry, Operative
Entry term(s) Operative Dentistry



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