Dental Glossary and Tooth Charts

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Dental Glossary and Tooth Charts 2018-06-12T08:49:00+00:00

Shady dental terminology explained. And: what do those numbers dentists call out really mean? Find out about tooth numbering and dental charting systems! Please note: this page is currently under construction.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

The Free Dictionary – Medical Dictionary This free online medical dictionary also includes Mosby’s Dental Dictionary. Dictionary of dental terms Contains a good section on names of teeth.

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

Tooth charts

Palmer Notation Method This tooth numbering system (which is very popular in the U.K.) is simplicity itself – the mouth is divided into 4 quadrants (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right), and teeth are numbered 1-8 going from the front tooth to the wisdom tooth in each quadrant:

Illustration of the Palmer Notation Method

U.S. Tooth Numbering Chart (“Universal” system) The American system of numbering teeth from 1 to 32 can hardly be described as “elegant”… but this handy tooth chart explains it all:

Illustration of the Universal Tooth Numbering System

ISO System by the World Health Organisation (based on FDI Two-Digit Notation system) The first digit denotes the quadrant and the second digit, like the Palmer method, denotes the type of tooth: