Dental Dictionary

Dentalspeak Basics

Maxilla = upper jaw
Mandible = lower jaw

maxillary = relating to the upper jaw
mandibular = relating to the lower jaw

buccal = the side of a tooth facing the cheek
lingual = the side of a tooth facing the tongue
mesial = the side of a tooth facing towards the midline of the mouth
distal = the side of a tooth facing away from the midline of the mouth
occlusal = the chewing surface of back teeth

Names of teeth

Dictionaries and Glossaries

The Free Dictionary – Medical Dictionary This free online medical dictionary also includes Mosby’s Dental Dictionary.

Tooth Anatomy Not a dictionary, but a diagram showing different parts of the tooth.