Types of Teeth in Your Smile

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If you’d like to have a successful conversation with your dentist regarding your mouth, it helps to know the terms for various kinds of teeth. That’s why we at LifeSmile Dental Group have offered you with a list of useful word definitions to learn:

Incisors: These refer to those sharp, chisel-shaped teeth at the front of the mouth. There are four on the top arch and four on the bottom arch.

Canines: Also called cuspids, these are positioned on either side of your incisors and are shaped like points at the end. There are two on the bottom arch and two on top.

Premolars: Sometimes referred to as bicuspids, these teeth have two points or cusps for chewing food. They are located between the canines and molars as well. Humans typically have eight – two on both sides of both arches.

Molars: Located at the very back of the mouth, these are your most effective chewing instruments, with several grooves on their surfaces used to break down food.

Learning these parts of the mouth may give you a boost of self-confidence. Next time you talk to Dr. Thomas Hicks and our wonderful staff at LifeSmile Dental Group in Portland, Oregon, you will feel that you can better articulate and understand what is happening inside your mouth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We are happy to teach you anything. You can also book an appointment by calling 503-644-5433.