Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students

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9721 March 12, 2014 2


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.


DeSchepper E. Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2014. Available from:

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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


  • Dental
    • Esthetic Dentistry
    • Operative Dentistry
    • Pediatric Dentistry


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
    • Self-directed Learning
  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture
  • Tutorial

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

  • Practicing Health Professional
    • Dentist
  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Dental Student


  • Evaluation Tool
  • Image

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