Dental Terminology

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mamelon

rounded prominence on the incisal edge of newly erupted tooth

apical foramen

opening at the apex of a root of a tooth

cervix

the neck of the tooth

anterior

towards the front

mastication

the act of chewing

mandibular

lower arch

quadrant

1/2 of 1 dental arch

salivary gland

3 pair, sublingual, submandibular, and parotid

maxillary

upper arch

dorsal

refers to the backside of the body

enamel

hard covering of the crown of the tooth, the hardest tissue of the body

mucosa

lining of the oral cavity

cingulum

buldge of enamel on the cervical 1/3 of anterior teeth on the lingual side

ventral

refers to the frontside of the body

gingiva

soft tissue surrounding the teeth (gums)

fissure

deep grooves or pits

embrasure

V shaped space in gingival direction, between proximal surfaces of 2 adjoining teeth in contact

dentition

natural teeth of the dental arch

posterior

towards the back

periodontal ligament

shock absorbers that attach the tooth to the bone

dentin

bulk of the tooth, the main portion

proximal

tooth surfaces that are adjacent to eachother

bicuspid

posterior tooth used for tearing and chewing

alveolar process

bone surrounding the teeth

cementum

bone like covering of the roots

lamina dura

thin compact bone that lines the alveolar socket

occlusal

chewing surface of the posterior teeth

mesial

towards the midline

buccal

towards the cheek

lingual

towards the tongue

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