Anatomy of the Human Adult Dentition

Publication ID Published Volume
8501 July 26, 2011 7


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.

For the past several years, the Dental Anatomy program of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has utilized the paper-based format of teaching human adult dentition. A lab manual that contains drawings of each tooth have proven to be very effective in providing information needed by students to learn the different morphological characteristics of individual teeth. This new learning resource is an advancement of the paper-based format where actual photos of tooth specimens instead of drawings are provided as examples. The interactivity that allow students to view the photos of actual tooth in 360 degrees and the ability to enlarge the photos are added features that will make learners experience much more enriching. This resource has just been added in the program and is currently being used to support other course requirements.


Madden M, Adarve R. Anatomy of the human adult dentition. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8501.

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

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