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dental Idioms & Phrases


dental amalgam

  • noun an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
    amalgam.
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dental anatomy

  • noun the branch of gross anatomy concerning with the morphology of teeth
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dental appliance

  • noun a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
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dental assistant

  • noun an assistant to a dentist
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dental care

  • noun care for the teeth
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dental caries

  • noun soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth
    cavity; tooth decay; caries.
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dental consonant

  • noun a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
    alveolar; alveolar consonant; dental.
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dental floss

  • noun a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
    floss.
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Dental formula

  • (Zoöl.), a brief notation used by zoölogists to denote the number and kind of teeth of a mammal.
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dental gold

  • noun an alloy of gold used in dentistry
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dental hygienist

  • noun someone trained to provide preventive dental service (cleaning teeth or taking x-rays)
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dental implant

  • noun an implant that replaces a natural tooth
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dental medicine

  • noun the branch of medicine dealing with the anatomy and development and diseases of the teeth
    odontology; dentistry.
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dental orthopaedics

  • noun the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
    orthodontics; dental orthopaedics; orthodontia; orthodonture.
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dental orthopedics

  • noun the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
    orthodontics; dental orthopaedics; orthodontia; orthodonture.
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dental plaque

  • noun a film of mucus and bacteria deposited on the teeth that encourages the development of dental caries
    bacterial plaque.
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dental plate

  • noun a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
    denture; plate.
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dental practice

  • noun the practice of dentistry
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dental practitioner

  • noun a person qualified to practice dentistry
    dentist; tooth doctor.
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dental procedure

  • noun a procedure employed by a dentist
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dental school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to degrees in dentistry
    school of dentistry.
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Dental surgeon

  • noun a dentist qualified to perform surgical procedures
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  • a dentist.
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dental surgery

  • noun the branch of dentistry involving surgical procedures
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dental technician

  • noun someone who makes dental appliances (bridges and dentures)
    denturist.
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doctor of dental medicine

  • noun a doctor's degree in dental medicine
    DMD.
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doctor of dental surgery

  • noun a doctor's degree in dental surgery
    DDS.
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