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One branch of dentistry was orthodontics, the application of "braces" on a person's teeth to realign them. In the 20th century, Maury Ginsberg was a very successful orthodontist in Scarsdale, New York. (VOY: "Death Wish")
In 1986, time-traveler Dr. Leonard McCoy was sarcastically accused of holding a degree in dentistry by a surgeon preparing to operate on an injured Pavel Chekov at Mercy Hospital. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Dental practices Edit
On Vulcan, a common dental practice was for a Vulcan to have their teeth coated in a trifluorinate compound to prevent cavities. Despite having this done in 2128, T'Pol had a cavity in one of her tricuspids that Dr. Phlox had to restore in 2151. (ENT: "Dear Doctor")
Missing teeth could be replaced by removable substitutes. In 2375, imagining growing old with Benjamin Sisko by her side, Kasidy Yates joked about imagining him on Bajor "sitting in your rocking chair, watching the sunset over the mountains every night, wondering where you put your teeth", to which Sisko replied, "Just like my great-great grandfather, in the glass next to the chair" (DS9: "Penumbra")
In 2376, when Harry Kim asked Tom Paris if the holographic character Maggie O'Halloran had a sister, Paris warned him that the woman had wooden teeth. Kim suggested that an adjustment to the holomatrix would solve that problem, but Paris liked the Fair Haven holoprogram just the way it was. (VOY: "Fair Haven")