Sometimes, it can be intimidating when you are lying flat in the dentist’s chair, and you hear murmurs about issues in your incisors or that your molars have a cavity. Of course, you can always ask your dentist to explain what’s going on, but it is still essential to know the basics of your teeth. This short guide will break down the three main types of teeth, so you are never out of the loop in that dentist’s chair.
Usually, incisors are the first adult teeth to grow in after our baby teeth fall out as kids. Incisors make up most of your smile since they are the front four teeth in the top-center and bottom-center. These teeth are much thinner and help when we take an initial bite of food. These teeth are the most prevalent when you smile or talk. They are categorized by central and lateral. Central incisors are the two front teeth, and lateral incisors are adjacent to the central teeth.
Also known as Cuspids, canines are the sharp, pointed teeth on either side of our incisors. These teeth are used to tear and rip food apart. You have four cuspids in your mouth. Two on top and two on the bottom. These are the longest and sharpest teeth, with a pointed end, and some people even refer to it as our “vampire teeth.” These teeth are used as guides for the best biting position.
Molars are the primary teeth for chewing, and there are different types of molars to distinguish. Molars are positioned further back in your mouth and have a flat surface used to eat food into small pieces. There are 12 molars, which include your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come into the mouth, and many get their wisdom teeth removed because they can cause issues in the jaw. Premolars sit next to your canine teeth and are the first molar teeth to come in. There are eight premolars, and they are also called bicuspids.
Now that you are more familiar with the function of your teeth, you might feel more comfortable when you head to the dentist and are actually able to understand what your dentist is saying to you. Make sure to come to visit us at Cakmes Dental Studio, where we will clean your teeth, make sure each and every tooth is working correctly, and ensure that your smile is sparkling!