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Tooth Surface & Type

Tooth Surfaces and Types of Teeth

Facial, Labial or Buccal Surfaces Tooth surface closest to the face.
Lingual Surface Surface closest to the tongue.
Masticatory/Incisal Surface (incisal) surface or edge on anterior teeth.
Occlusal Surface Chewing surface on posterior teeth.
Mesial Surface Surface closest to the midline.
Distal Surface Surface furthest away from the midline.
Incisors Central and Lateral - Front of mouth - Single rootFunction: Cut food without heavy force.
Canine or Cuspids Located on corners of dental arch. Thick crown with one pointed cusp.Function: Cutting and tearing of food with force.
Premolars or Bicuspids Points and cusps with a broad chewing surface (first and second).Function: Grasping and tearing food.
Molars More cusps than other teeth in the dentition. Cusps are shorter and blunter.Function: Chewing and grinding solid food with heavy force.
Created by: shockerdh