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Dental Arch Terms

Directional Terms for the dental arch

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Anterior Teeth in the front of the mouth. Example: The central incisors are anterior to the molars.
Medial Toward or nearer to the midline of the mouth. Example: The centrals are medial to the laterals.
Proximal The point closest to the point of attachment. Example: The root is proximal to the crown.
Superior Above or higher. Example: The maxillary teeth are superior to the mandibular teeth.
Posterior Toward the back of the mouth. Example: The molars are posterior to the central incisors.
Lateral Towards the side, away from the midline. Example: The cuspids are lateral to the central incisors.
Distal The part farther away from the midline. Example: The surface of the tooth that is furthest from the midline.
Inferior Below or under. Example: The tounge is inferior to the palate.
Maxillary Arch Stationary upper arch not capable of movement. Primary bone structure is the Maxilla.
Mandibular Arch Lower arch capable of movement by action of the temporomandibular joint. Primary bone structure is the Mandible.
Facial View Tooth surface closest to the face (or cheek).
Lingual View Tooth surface closest to the tongue.
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