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What’s what in your teeth line-up?

6th September 2013

In our blog posts from our Glasgow dental clinic we can cover a multitude of topics – from cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and patient testimonials right through to staff courses and family events.

Today’s blog post is going back to basics on the dental front with some facts about teeth.

We decided to share a brief and simple description of the teeth that humans should have in their mouths…assuming they’ve not undergone any trauma, loss or decay.

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aesthetic and function qualities of
your smile.

If they have dental issues then of course our experienced team of dental professionals here in Glasgow can assist. Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry techniques have made huge advanced especially in the last few decades.

The use of dental implants, for instance, can ensure both aesthetic and functional benefits for patients with only a few missing from their existing line-up of teeth – or for patients with few or no teeth and who could perhaps need upper or lower dentures retained by the implants.

Each tooth has a different shape and function – and of course exist to help the process of eating. Most adults should have 32 teeth – while as youngsters we’ll have 20 primary – or baby – teeth that eventually make way for the permanent set.


Firstly lets check out the incisors…These are the four front teeth on the top and on the bottom jaw and are used for cutting and chopping food. Usually first ones to erupt in babies.


Then we move onto the canine teeth – the sharp, pointy teeth. We have one on each side of the incisors on your top and bottom jaw, making a total of four. These teeth aid the tearing apart of food.


Premolar are situated next to your canine teeth. Premolars are also called bicuspid teeth. There are eight premolars in total – four on the top jaw and four on the bottom. These teeth are bigger and wider than the incisors and canine teeth. Their function is to crush and grind your food.


Then we have the molars. There are eight of these – four on the top and four on the bottom.
Molars are your strongest teeth and these work with your tongue to help you swallow your food, mashing it up until it’s ready to be swallowed safely.


There are also third molars – known more commonly as your wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to erupt and won’t often do so until late teens or even your 20s – if at all. If wisdom teeth do come through they can cause issues such as crowding and will often need to be removed.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about the services and treatments our team can offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please call our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

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