Anatomy of the Human Adult Dentition

Format Publication ID Version Published
Multimedia, Tutorial 8501 1 July 26, 2011
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry


Anatomy of Human Adult Dentition is a computer-based learning resource that describes the anatomical characteristics of adult human dentition. The resource provides photos of extracted tooth specimens and lists the anatomical details from five specific aspects: mesial, distal, facia, lingual and occlusal (incisal). The resource has an interface that the learner can easily navigate through the list of maxillary teeth and mandibular teeth. It has an interactivity feature that allow learners to rotate each tooth in 360 degrees and also capable of magnification. Alongside with this features is the text descriptions of each aspect of the tooth that the learner can view and scroll down. This resource is a multimedia approach that the learner can use to study the anatomy of human adult dentition. This can be used by students to assist them in learning while faculty can use this as an additional resource to complement teaching dental anatomy.


Madden M, Adarve R. Anatomy of the Human Adult Dentition. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To list the individual teeth of adult human dentition.
  2. To describe the anatomical characteristics of each aspect of an individual tooth.
  3. To recognize the anatomical characteristics that assist differentiating an individual tooth by arch, type, and class.


  • Adult Human Dentition, Permanent Teeth, Mouth (MeSH)


  • Dental
    • Dental


  • Dental
    • Gross Anatomy

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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