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A dentist practice / surgery. Used in addition to amenity=dentist Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Health
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

A dentist / dental practice / dental surgery /dental clinic. A place where a professional dental surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions on oral care is stationed. This is normally tagged amenity=dentist, but some mappers also add healthcare=dentist in addition.

How to map

Use that tag healthcare=dentist on a node node placed at the centrepoint of the building, or on a closed way (area) area drawn around the perimeter of the building. The common tag amenity=dentist is also added.

Specialities for healthcare=dentist

value description
healthcare:speciality=dental_oral_maxillo_facial_surgery  Oral_and_maxillofacial_surgery
healthcare:speciality=endodontics  Endodontics
healthcare:speciality=implantology  Implantology
healthcare:speciality=orthodontics  Orthodontics
healthcare:speciality=paediatric_dentistry  Pediatric dentistry
healthcare:speciality=periodontics  Periodontology
healthcare:speciality=stomatology  Stomatology

Tags to use in combination

See also

Tag history

This tag was introduced as part of a healthcare proposal[1] and intentionally duplicates amenity=dentist. It is used by some with intention of replacing and deprecating amenity=dentist in the future. The plan is to

  1. Add healthcare=dentist to existing amenity=dentist objects
  2. Add support in at least prominent data consumers for also healthcare=dentist in addition to supporting amenity=dentist
  3. Remove support for amenity=dentist in data consumers and remove this tag from hospitals

There is opposition to this potential deprecation of widely used tag amenity=dentist[2], but it also has some notable support[3].

Attempt to deprecate amenity=dentist was done in 2022 using proposal process.