Dentist & Teeth VocabularyGerman Word Lists + Audio

Explore German dentist and teeth vocabulary, for dental health discussions


Visiting the dentist can be stressful, especially if you are in a foreign country and do not speak the language fluently (just yet).

Knowing some key vocabulary words in German can help make the experience less intimidating and more manageable.

German Dentist Vocabulary

Let's first have a look at very general German vocabulary related to the dentist's office:

dentist
die Praxis
practice
die Zahnärztin
dentist (female)
der Termin
appointment
das Wartezimmer
waiting room
die Wartezeit
waiting time
die Krankenkasse
health insurance
die Versichertenkarte
health-insurance card

German Teeth & Gums Vocabulary

German vocabulary about teeth and other body parts around the mouth are useful in any case, even if you don't plan on seeing a doctor anytime soon. Here is a list of the most important words related to teeth & gums:

cheek
der Zahn
tooth
das Zahnfleisch
gum
der Zahnschmelz
enamel
die Zunge
tongue
die Lippe
lips
der Weisheitszahn
wisdom tooth
der Schneidezahn
incisor
der Backenzahn
molar
der Frontzahn
front tooth

German Tooth Pain & Problems Vocabulary

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is important to be able to communicate this to the dentist and their team. Being able to say "Ich habe Schmerzen" (I am in pain) or "Ich habe eine Zahnfleischentzündung" (I have a gingivitis) can help the dentist understand your concerns and provide the appropriate treatment.

pain
stinging pain
pulsating pain
inflammation
die Schwellung
swelling
der Abszess
abscess
die Karies
caries
das Loch
cavity
die Parodontitis
parodontitis

The above list contains common German words & expressions to communicate tooth pain & describe your symptoms in more detail can be found in this list:

If you are in pain right now, it might be useful to remember some of these words or even write them down to bring them with you.

German Dentist Treatments Vocabulary

In addition, knowing vocabulary related to dental procedures can help you understand what is happening during the appointment.

die Kontrolle
check up
die Füllung
filling
das Material
material
die Wurzelkanalbehandlung
root canal treatment
die Polierung
polishing
die professionelle Zahnreinigung
professional teeth cleaning
die Krone
crown
die Kosten
cost
einen Zahn ziehen
to pull a tooth

Words such as "Füllung" (filling), "Wurzelbehandlung" (root canal), and "Zahnreinigung" (tooth cleaning) can help you understand the process and make informed decisions about your treatment.

Dentist Utensils in German

If you are learning German as a dentist or just want to communicate better with your dentist, these next words might help talking to the dentist about their utensils.

injection
der Bohrer
drill
der Absauger
suction device
der Zahnarztstuhl
dentist's chair
die Betäubung
anesthesia
die Zahnschiene
nightguard
die Lupenbrille
magnifying glasses


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