Category: I

  • Intermaxillary

    Between the maxillary and mandibular jaws. Two upper jawbones. Between the two maxillae, as in an intermaxillary suture.  

  • Interlock

    An intracoronal attachment used to segment prosthetic reconstructions.   A multitude of interlocking mechanisms can be discovered within a radiology facility, each fulfilling the purpose of impeding the activation of a particular apparatus until a vital safety measure has been duly acknowledged.  

  • Interleukin‐6 (IL‐6)

    Lymphokine produced by antigen‐ or mitogen‐activated T cells, fibroblasts, macrophages, and other cells that induce differentiation and maturation of B cells and growth of myeloma cells. It activates and induces proliferation of T cells and stimulates synthesis of immunoglobulin and plasma proteins such as fibrinogen.  

  • Interleukin‐4 (IL‐4)

    Lymphokine produced by antigen‐ or mitogen‐activated T cells. Its principal role is regulation of IgEand eosinophil‐mediated immune reactions. It stimulates switching of B cells for production of immunoglobulin E (IgE), is a growth and differentiation factor for T cells (particularly helper T cells), is a growth factor for mast cells, and stimulates the expression of…

  • Interleukins (IL)

    A family of potent proteins that serve as a link between inducer and effector cells during immune and inflammatory responses; involved in the recruitment of immune and inflammatory precursor cells. Some interleukins have been implicated in the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. A group of naturally occurring proteins and is a subset of a larger group…

  • Interim prosthesis

    A prosthesis typically used before fabrication of a definitive dental or maxillofacial prosthesis. It can be fixed or removable and is designed to enhance esthetics, stabilize teeth, or improve function for a limited time. Such prostheses often help guide the clinician in designing the appearance and function of the final prosthesis. Also known as a…

  • Interimplant papilla

    The soft tissue occupying the interproximal space confined by adjacent implant‐supported fixed partial dentures in contact.  

  • Interimplant distance

    The horizontal distance between the platforms of two adjacent dental implants.  

  • Interim endosteal dental implant abutment

    A type of dental implant abutment used only for a limited time to guide healing or shaping of the adjacent tissues and/or attachment of a transitional prosthesis.  

  • Interim dental implant

    A temporary dental implant that allows for the use of a provisional prosthesis. These temporary implants may also be used as stents to guide tissue healing and prevent soft tissue collapse into a healing surgical site. These implants have a smooth machined surface to allow easier removal. Also known as provisional dental implant.