Different Types of Teeth

How much do you know about the different types of teeth? They all help us chew, no doubt, but have you wondered why they come in so many shapes and sizes?  Each type of tooth serves a special role within the mouth. We want to spend some time today highlighting the different types of teeth!

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The Different Types of Teeth

  • Incisors: The incisors are the thin, flat teeth at the front of your mouth. With 4 on top and four on the bottom, these teeth help you bite into food so the size of each bite is chewable. These front teeth also help support the lips. The baby front teeth usually start coming loose around age 6 and the adult incisors erupt in the spaces made available.
  • Canines: The canines or ‘eye teeth’ are the pointed teeth just behind the incisors and at the corners of your mouth. These are the infamous vampire teeth, but they’re useful to us non-vampires too! Canines help us tear our food, support the lips, and most importantly they help to guide the rest of the teeth into place when you close your mouth.
  • Premolars: The premolars follow behind the canines. These teeth are also pointed like the canines, but they have a biting surface as well. They are just in front of the molars which lends them their classification as the premolars. These teeth are paramount in the chewing process, and they also help to support the height of the face.  
  • Molars: Molars are the flat teeth in the back of your mouth.  They have the largest chewing surface and are used mainly to grind up food before you swallow.  These teeth erupt behind your baby teeth starting about age 6.  The second molars come in around age 12.  Counting the wisdom teeth there are 12 molars altogether, 3 molars in each quadrant.  These teeth also help support your cheeks and are arranged so when you close you don’t bite your cheeks. The wisdom teeth tend not to erupt until around 18 years of age.
  • Supernumerary Teeth: These refer to any ‘extra’ teeth that form outside the normal 32 teeth.  These teeth often need to be removed because they’re either out of place, impacted, or contributing to overcrowding.
  • Natal Teeth: Natal teeth are extremely rare–occurring in one out of every 2,000 to 3,000 births–but they are an extra set of teeth that form in the womb. Natal teeth don’t serve much purpose though. They don’t have roots, so they typically fall out shortly after the baby is born.

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