dentist

A dentist is a doctor who specializes in teeth, gums, and the mouth. If you get a bad toothache, you should probably go to the dentist to make sure you don't have a cavity.

When you visit the dentist, you might have your teeth and gums examined and cleaned, or you may need surgery for an impacted wisdom tooth or x-rays to make sure you don't have cavities. Dentists are health care professionals who attend dental school and train for several years before practicing. Dentist comes from the French dentiste, from dent. or "tooth."

Definitions of dentist
  1. noun
    a person qualified to practice dentistry
    synonyms: dental practitioner, tooth doctor
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    dental surgeon
    a dentist qualified to perform surgical procedures
    endodontist
    a dentist specializing in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve
    exodontist
    a dentist specializing in the extraction of teeth
    orthodontist
    a dentist specializing in the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
    pedodontist
    a dentist who specializes in the care of children's teeth
    periodontist
    a dentist specializing in diseases of the gums and other structure surrounding the teeth
    prosthodontist
    a dentist who is expert in prosthodontics
    type of:
    medical man, medical practitioner
    someone who practices medicine
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