The purpose of this page and its associated pages is to provide
basic information about various dental subjects. These subjects
were selected based on questions most frequently asked by patients.
We will start with explaining the terms used to identify areas of
the mouth and teeth.
In dentistry the mouth is divided into the Upper and Lower arches
and each arch is divided into the Left and Right side resulting
in the four Quadrants of the mouth. Sometime each arch is divided
into Left, Right and Center sections making for Sextants instead
Permanent (adults) teeth are number 1 thru 32, and primary (baby)
teeth are labeled A thru T, starting on the Upper arch, from Right
to Left then the Lower arch Left to Right. The following graphics
show permanent and primary tooth information:
Teeth also have from five to six surface depending on the type
of tooth (i.e. molar, incisor, ect.). The graphic below shows the
location of these surfaces and there names.
Finally, the structure or composition of each tooth and the surrounding
gums are show in our final graphic on tooth anatomy.
The information from this introduction will be referenced in the
other pages list on the left.