Dentistry Practitioners in Missouri

Saint Louis (644)Kansas City (479)Springfield (226)Columbia (128)Lees Summit (110)
Independence (99)Chesterfield (94)Saint Peters (81)Florissant (73)Saint Charles (69)O Fallon (66)Joplin (61)Blue Springs (60)Jefferson City (57)Saint Joseph (57)Cape Girardeau (56)Arnold (55)Wentzville (40)Fort Leonard Wood (39)Ballwin (33)Liberty (33)Poplar Bluff (33)Creve Coeur (30)Fenton (30)Sedalia (30)Bridgeton (29)Festus (29)Washington (29)Farmington (28)Rolla (26)Belton (25)Hazelwood (24)Manchester (24)Gladstone (23)Ellisville (21)Hannibal (21)Clinton (20)Kirkwood (19)Ozark (19)Raytown (19)Branson (18)Camdenton (18)Clayton (17)Sikeston (17)Grandview (16)Lebanon (16)Warrenton (16)Kirksville (15)Neosho (15)Warrensburg (15)Carthage (14)West Plains (14)Chillicothe (13)Nixa (13)Wildwood (13)Bolivar (12)Hillsboro (12)Marshfield (12)Eureka (11)Kearney (11)Maryland Heights (11)Potosi (11)Raymore (11)Cameron (10)Fulton (10)Perryville (10)Platte City (10)House Springs (9)Maryville (9)Mexico (9)Mount Vernon (9)Saint Robert (9)Sullivan (9)Troy (9)Warsaw (9)Aurora (8)Grain Valley (8)Harrisonville (8)Jackson (8)Lexington (8)Marshall (8)Moberly (8)Nevada (8)Osage Beach (8)Parkville (8)Webb City (8)Brentwood (7)Kennett (7)Republic (7)Richland (7)St Louis (7)Boonville (6)Bowling Green (6)Butler (6)Cassville (6)Dardenne Prairie (6)Dexter (6)El Dorado Springs (6)Excelsior Springs (6)Lake Saint Louis (6)Monett (6)Mountain Grove (6)Pacific (6)Salem (6)Smithville (6)Union (6)Valley Park (6)Buffalo (5)Forsyth (5)Herculaneum (5)Macon (5)St Peters (5)Trenton (5)Waynesville (5)Webster Groves (5)Weldon Spring (5)Willard (5)Anderson (4)California (4)Carrollton (4)Charleston (4)Crystal City (4)Eldon (4)Ellington (4)Gainesville (4)Houston (4)Mansfield (4)New Haven (4)Plattsburg (4)Saint Ann (4)Savannah (4)St Joseph (4)Tipton (4)Bethany (3)Buckner (3)Cedar Hill (3)De Soto (3)Ferguson (3)Fordland (3)Fredericktown (3)Hermann (3)Hermitage (3)High Ridge (3)Hollister (3)Imperial (3)Lamar (3)Louisiana (3)North Kansas City (3)Oak Grove (3)Osceola (3)Park Hills (3)Pleasant Hill (3)Saint James (3)Sainte Genevieve (3)St Charles (3)Vandalia (3)Westphalia (3)Whiteman Afb (3)Whiteman Air Force Base (3)

Learn more about General Dentists

A general dentist, or simply dentist, specializes in primary dental care: the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity (mouth, teeth and gums) and the maxillofacial area (head, neck, face and jaw). Dentists also maintain the function and appearance of these areas. The overall goal is to help people keep their teeth, mouth and gums healthy.

A dentist typically: 

  • Evaluates the patient's dental and medical history and performs an oral exam
  • Teaches patients about dental conditions and diseases, good oral hygiene, and oral disease prevention
  • Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests, such as X-rays and saliva tests, and prescribes medications including antibiotics and pain medications
  • Diagnoses oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions based on an evaluation of tests and exams
  • Provides preventive oral and primary dental care including dental cleanings and fluoride treatments
  • Treats various oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions including tooth decay, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Works closely with other dental specialists and members of your healthcare team as needed to ensure optimal care

A general dentist may also be known by the following terms: dentist, primary dentist, tooth doctor, family dentist, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

There are 3655 specialists practicing Dentistry in Missouri with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 37 hospitals in Missouri with affiliated Dentistry specialists, including Mercy Hospital St. Louis, North Kansas City Hospital and Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus.