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Going to the Dentist Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Learning Hebrew

Initial Vocabulary

רוֹפֵא שִׁנַּיִם – dentist
הרדמה – anesthetic
חוֹר‏ – cavity
נִיב – canine tooth
צַד שְׂמוֹל – left side
לְמַעלָה – upper jaw
סְתִימָה‏ – filling
זְרִיקָה – injection
מַקדֵחָה – drill (noun)

The other day I had an appointment with the רוֹפֵא שִׁנַּיִם. As I’m sitting in the chair and my mouth is being examined and poked, I thought this would be a great opportunity to write about going to the dentist in Hebrew. Let me ask, do you like going to the dentist? Personally, I don’t mind it at all. As long as they give me plenty of הרדמה, I’m fine.

As the רוֹפֵא שִׁנַּיִם was poking around, he found a small חוֹר‏ on the נִיב of the צַד שְׂמוֹל of the לְמַעלָה. It’s going to need a סְתִימָה‏. So he gives me an זְרִיקָה of הַרדָמָה to make it as painless as possible. Once the area around the tooth is numb, here comes the מַקדֵחָה….

Well, the procedure is done and I have another appointment in six months for a checkup. Now, what other things can we find out about the dentist and what procedures are needed to keep the teeth healthy and strong? Let’s take a look:

Parts of the mouth

Gums – חֲנִיכַיִם
Jaw – לֶסֶת
Lips – שְׂפָתִים
Nerve – עֶצֶב
Tongue – לָשׁוֹן
upper jaw – לְמַעלָה
lower jaw – לְמַטָה
left side – צַד שְׂמוֹל
right side – צַד יֶמִין


canine (tooth) – נִיב
incisor – שֵׁן חוֹתֶכֶת
molar – שֵׁן טוֹחֶנֶת

What’s the problem?

abscess – פֶּצַע מוּגלָתִי
bacterial plaque – רוֹבֶד חַייְדַקִּי(ם)‏
bleeding – שֶׁטֶף דַם
blood – דָם
caries – עַשֶּׁשֶׁת‏
cavity – חוֹר‏
dental decay – עַשֶּׁשֶׁת‏
pain – כְּאֵב
pus – מוּגלָה
receding gums – נְסִיגַת חֲנִיכַיִים‏
sensitivity – רְגִישׁוּת
swelling – נְפִיחוּת
tartar – אֶבֶן‏‏
toothache – כְּאֵב שִׁינַּיִים

Procedures and things to fix any problems

anesthetic – הַרדָמָה
braces/bridge – גֶשֶׁר
crown – כֶּתֶר
extract a tooth – הוציא שן
extraction – עֲקִירָה
false tooth – שֵׁן תּוֹתֶבֶת‏
filling – סְתִימָה
implant – שֶׁתֶל ‏
injection – זְרִיקָה
root canal – טִיפּוּל שׁוֹרֶשׁ‏


brush one’s teeth – me’tzach’tze’ach shinayim – מצחצח שיניים
brush one’s teeth – tzitze’ach shinayim – ציחצח שיניים
Close gently – Lisgor be-adinut – לסגור בעדינות
Close your mouth – Lisgor et ha-peh – לסגור את הפה
Do you have a temperature? – Yesh lecha chom? – יש לך חום?
Open your mouth – Liftoach et ha-peh – לפתוח את הפה
The girl is brushing her teeth. – Ha-ishah metzach’tzachat et shineyah. – האישה מצחצחת את שיניה
Very bad pain – Ke’ev chazak me’od – כאב חזק מאד
Well Done – Kol HaKavod – כל הכבוד
When your tooth hurts, it is important to go to the dentist. – k’she-ha-shen shel’cha ko’evet, zeh chashuv lalechet la-rofe shinayim. – .כשהשן שלך כואבת, זה חשוב ללכת לרופא שיניים
Where does it hurt? – Eifo ko’ev lecha – איפה כואב לך?
Which side? – Be’eize tzad? – באיזה צד?

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