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Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students

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

Included in this publication:

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

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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.

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.

Author Information

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

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Prior Presentations
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; March 1999; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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.