The Facts About Permanent Teeth

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Your teeth are strong oral bones that help you eat, talk, and smile each day. To help you know a little more about those teeth, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey and our dental team have some facts and information we would like to share with you.

First, you have 32 permanent teeth. This consists of four teeth types, which means you have four third molars, four-second molars, four first molars, four-second bicuspids, four first bicuspids, four cuspids, four lateral incisors, and four central incisors. These teeth slowly appear in your mouth in your younger years when they replace the baby teeth.

Second, your teeth can be used for many things, like biting (which is typically the job of the central and lateral incisors) and grinding (which is typically the job of the premolars, molars, and wisdom teeth). The teeth can also be used to tear things, but it’s not recommended to use the teeth as tools.

Third, the teeth are structured in three different parts. First, there is the crown, which is the visible portion of the tooth. It has a protective layer that is called the enamel. Then there is the neck of the tooth, which is the area between the crown and the root. Lastly, there is the root, which is the part of the tooth that extends through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. It holds the tooth in place.

If you have any questions about permanent teeth in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please call Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS at 734.668.6612 at your earliest convenience and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the answers you’re looking for!