the profession or science dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases and malformations of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity, and the removal, correction, and replacement of decayed, damaged, or lost parts, including such operations as the filling and crowning of teeth, the straightening of teeth, and the construction of artificial dentures.

Origin of dentistry

First recorded in 1830–40; dentist + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of dentistry

  • “The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.

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    The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

    William O’Connor

    December 14, 2014

  • My father completed the transition out of dentistry at almost exactly the same moment as my mother started at “As It Happens.”

  • Why not, say, $97.5 million, as the Orthodontic Education Community gave the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 2003?

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    The $100 Million Status Symbol

    Rebecca Dana

    September 23, 2010

Historical Examples of dentistry

British Dictionary definitions for dentistry



the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth and gums
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Word Origin and History for dentistry

1838; see dentist + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for dentistry




The science concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and related structures of the mouth and including the repair or replacement of defective teeth.
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Science definitions for dentistry



The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth.
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