Tooth ID

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And this is how first year dental students study tooth anatomy. My classmates and I have been getting in groups and practicing IDing the plastic teeth AND real teeth (yes, we get a small container of these). I’ve been taking out all the teeth in the typodont and practicing by guessing the number based on the characteristics I see and then making sure I’m right by placing them back into the typodont. When I first started this, I thought it would be impossible to identify every single tooth without it’s relative position in the mouth but gradually we started to get the hang of it. You start noticing small things that are generally consistent. They teach characteristics specific to each tooth to help with ID, but in real teeth, there is so much variation. A lot of the stuff you have to figure out on your own. Aspects, such as size, is not always a reliable method to ID teeth because the tooth may be Continue reading “Tooth ID”