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Our teeth are an essential part of daily life; they support face shape while also allowing us to chew, speak, and smile. Learn a little more about the types of teeth in your mouth and what they do.

Incisors

  • Where: These are the teeth in the front of your mouth.
  • Shape: They are long and flat, having a straight, sharp edge that is used to cut food.
  • Amount: You have 4 central incisors and 4 lateral incisors.
  • Other: These teeth support your lips and help you to pronounce words.

Canines

  • Where: The corners of your arches.
  • Shape: They have a sharp point (cusp) used to grasp and tear food.
  • Amount: You have 4 canine teeth.
  • Other: These teeth also support your lips. They are essential in the formation of a good bite. They are also known as eye teeth or cuspids.

Premolars

  • Where: These are located at the side of your mouth.
  • Shape: They have a broad surface with cusp used to tear and crush food.
  • Amount: You have 4 first premolars and 4 second premolars.
  • Other: These teeth help to maintain the height of your face. They are not present in the mouths of children. They are also known as bicuspids.

Molars

  • Where: These are the teeth in the back of your mouth.
  • Shape: These are the largest, widest, flattest teeth, containing cusp on their chewing surface that grind food.
  • Amount: You have 4 first molars, 4 second molars, and 4 third molars (which are also known as the wisdom teeth that erupt during the young adult years).
  • Other: These teeth also help to maintain the height of your face.