Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students

Publication ID Published Volume
9721 March 12, 2014 10


This material represents a self-contained dental anatomy course that has a proven record of success in teaching dental anatomy using online technology. Through self-study, self-review and subsequent assessment, dental students should learn sufficient dental anatomy to distinguish normal from abnormal eruption patterns, determine approximate age, and distinguish normal from abnormal tooth structure. This will be the common basis for all discussions related to caries and periodontal disease detection, prevention, and understanding of the disease processes. This work should provide a valuable resource for a dental anatomy course as well as a dental anatomy review.

The purpose of this course is to assist the dental student and/or practitioner in developing basic dental anatomy knowledge. Basic anatomy knowledge is tantamount to distinguishing normal from abnormal in terms of structure, eruption patterns, disease, and developmental anomalies and understanding other aspects of the oro-facial complex.

This work has been used to successfully teach dental students dental anatomy for about fifteen years at two different dental institutions. When compared with traditional lecture, this material used as self-study was just as effective.

Editor’s Note
A previous version of this publication is available at


DeSchepper E. Dental anatomy review for dental students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2014;10:9721.

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. Identify and distinguish permanent and deciduous dentition from digital images.
  2. Identify individual teeth by name and Universal number from digital images.
  3. Appropriately use and understand dental anatomy and oral nomenclature.
  4. Identify and name major tooth structures.
  5. Determine biological age from eruption patterns.
  6. Distinguish normal from abnormal tooth structure.
  7. Describe the attachment mechanism of teeth to jaws and the major periodontal structures.


  • Dental Anatomy, Dental Morphology, Oral Anatomy, Tooth morphology

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

This course was peer reviewed as a condensed version entitled Dental Anatomy for the Medical Practitioner. However, this submission is much more detailed, longer and directed at dental students and dental hygiene students and for faculty wishing to use for instructional purposes.


DeSchepper EJ, Brady D, Mirowski G, Reifeis P, Hohlt W. New Teaching Aids Developed At Indiana University School of Dentistry Educational Booth at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Dental Schools, Vancouver, British Columbia, March, 1999.

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