Dental Insurance Glossary




Benefit Reduction Amount
The amount subtracted from allowed benefits under certain cost-savings programs administered by CareFirst.
Benign
The mild character of an illness or the non-malignant character of a neoplasm.
Bicuspid
A premolar tooth; a tooth with two cusps.
Bilateral
Occurring on, or pertaining to, right and left sides.
Biopsy
Process of removing tissue for histologic evaluation.
Bitewing Radiograph
Interproximal view radiograph of the coronal portion of the tooth.
Bonding
Process by which two or more components are made integral by mechanical and/or chemical adhesion at their interface.
Bridge
See Fixed Partial Denture and/or Removable Partial Denture.
Bruxism
The parafunctional grinding of the teeth.
Buccal
Pertaining to or around the cheek (as in the buccal surface of a posterior tooth).
By Report
A narrative description used to report a service that does not have a procedure code or is specified in a code as "by report;" may be requested by a third-party payer to provide additional information for claims processing.