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What is the definition or description of: lingual?

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
Tongue related.: Lingual refers to the tongue or tongue-side. The lingual surface of your front tooth is that surface facing toward the tongue. The lingual frenum is the band of tissue that goes from the underside of the tongue and attaches to the gum behind the lower front teeth.
Dr. Max Arocha
Dentistry 18 years experience
Facing the tongue: It means, in dental term, facing the tongue or oral cavity.
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 38 years experience
Tongue side: Lingual is the term used in dentistry to describe the inside or tongue side of the teeth.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Near the tongue: It is near the tongue. So a tooth surface that is on the tongue side is called lingual a surface. In spanish "lingua" means tongue.
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Tongue: In describing locations or surfaces of let s say a tooth, the surface of the lower teeth that is located on the inside of the outh, that is, closest to the tongue is called lingual. Alos the nerve for the tongue is the lngual nerve.

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