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Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students

Published: March 12, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9721

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's_Guide.doc
  • Terminlogy.ppt
  • Oro-facial Complex.ppt
  • Maxillary Incisors.ppt
  • Mandibular Incisors.ppt
  • Canines.ppt
  • Maxillary Premolars.ppt
  • Mandibular Premolars.ppt
  • Maxillary Molars.ppt
  • Mandibular Molars.ppt
  • Primary Dentition.ppt
  • Eruption.ppt
  • General Asssessment.doc
  • General Assessment Key.doc

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Editor's Note: This publication predates our implementation of the Educational Summary Report in 2016 and thus displays a different format than newer publications. A previous version of this publication is available at www.mededportal.org/publication/9303.


Introduction: 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. Methods: The module includes an instructor’s guide, several PowerPoint presentations, an assessment, and an assessment key. 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 orofacial complex. Results: This work has been used to successfully teach dental students dental anatomy for about 15 years at two different dental institutions. When compared with traditional lecture, this material used as self-study was just as effective. Discussion: Increasing the number of natural tooth images would greatly enhance learning. The included images selected were “typical” representations of teeth. However, like all human anatomy, dental anatomy has many instances of biologic variation. A greater number of variation examples would definitely prepare the student for what they are likely to encounter in a dental practice environment. The work could also likely benefit from more interactive capabilities which are pervasive and available in today’s world of technology. Overall, the work is capable of achieving its listed objectives, but the improvements listed above might make it a more definitive work.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and distinguish permanent and deciduous dentition from digital images.
  2. Identify individual teeth by name and Universal number from digital images.
  3. 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.

Author Information

  • Edward DeSchepper, MAEd, DDS, MSD: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

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DeSchepper E. Dental anatomy review for dental students. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9721. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9721

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.