dental \den"tal\ (d[e^]n"tal), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dental. See {Tooth}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) Formed by the aid of the teeth; -- said of certain articulations and the letters representing them; as, d and t are dental letters. [1913 Webster] {Dental formula} (Zo["o]l.), a brief notation used by zo["o]logists to denote the number and kind of teeth of a mammal. {Dental surgeon}, a dentist. [1913 Webster]