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Dental Terminology

Types of Teeth

Primary Dentition the first 20 teeth of life which will be replaced by the permanent teeth.
Permanent Dentition the 32 teeth of the adult life which are designed to last a lifetime.
Mixed Dentition stage in which a child(ages 6-12) has both primary and permanent teeth.
Anterior Teeth front teeth
Posterior Teeth back teeth
Incisors anterior teeth with thin cutting edge. There is a central and lateral incisor in each quadrant.
Cuspid (canine) heavy anterior tooth with a long thick root located at the corners of the mouth. There is one in each quadrant.
Bicuspid (premolar) permanent dentition only; these posterior teeth are used for tearing and chewing. There are two in each quadrant.
Molar a large posterior tooth with a broad chewing surface. There are three in each quadrant.
Wisdom Tooth (third molar) the most posteriorly located molar.
Single Root teeth which have one root./ Lateral incisors, Cuspids, Maxillary 2nd Bicuspids, Mandibular Bicuspids.
Double Root teeth which have two roots.
Triple Root teeth which have three roots.
Bifurcation area on tooth where it divides into two roots.
Trifurcation area on tooth which divides into three roots.
Created by: michealM