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Portion of tooth covered by enamel. "Clinical crown" is portion of tooth that is visible in the mouth.
Primary Dentition Phase
Deciduous teeth; 6 months - 6 years. Begins at eruption of first tooth (normally mandibular central incisor)
Mixed Dentition Phase
Primary and permanent teeth; 6-12 years. Begins at eruption of permanent mandibular molar
Permanent Dentition Phase
Permanent teeth, 12 years - adult. Begins at shedding of last primary maxillary second molar
20 teeth total; 10 on mandibular and maxillary arches. Labeled A-T. Referred to as baby, milk, and deciduous teeth
Anterior teeth; single rooted, relatively sharp, thin edged, designed to cut food; lingual surface is shaped like a shovel to aid in guiding the food into the mouth
Known as cuspids; located at the "corner" of the arch; designed for cutting and tearing foods; longest teeth in the arch; most important teeth in mouth and hardest to extract
Known as "bicuspids"; 4 maxillary and 4 mandibular; cross between canine and molars; designed for grasping and tearing;
Much larger than premolars, usually having four or more cusps; short, blunter cusps; most broad surface; designed for grinding and chewing; withstand the heaviest forces required for chewing
Surface of a tooth next to an adjacent tooth; mesial and distal surfaces are proximal surfaces
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