Did you know there are seven different types of tooth numbers charts? It’s true, and it can make the process of identifying your tooth a little confusing if you don’t know how to read them all. Below are descriptions of each type of number chart and how to use each one to identify your missing teeth. After reading this guide, you’ll be able to confidently pick out your missing teeth from any dental number chart.
Step 1: Find your numbers
You can even write them down for future reference. This is especially helpful if you ever need to get dental surgery. Most people have 28 permanent teeth and 32 primary teeth (32 baby teeth). The 32 primary teeth are distributed over four rows: 16 on top, 12 in the middle and 4 on bottom. A tooth number chart usually only shows 24 of your permanent teeth but it will include most of your primary ones as well.
Step 2: What does it mean?
Once you’ve found your number, look for that tooth in your mouth. Sometimes you may notice a slight difference between your tooth and what’s on our chart—this is perfectly normal, since every mouth is unique! You might also find out that some teeth don’t even have names—like wisdom teeth or third molars. Don’t worry, though; just make sure you know where those teeth are located so you can keep an eye on them during routine cleanings. (And if they get painful or infected, be sure to call us!) The rest of your numbers will probably match up pretty well with their corresponding tooth. However, if you’re still unsure about anything, just give us a call at 305-921-5850 and we’ll help clear things up. Remember: If you have any questions about dental numbering systems or other oral health topics, give our office a call at 305-921-5850 to set up an appointment with Dr. Rodis today!
But why? The dental numbering system helps identify each individual tooth by its specific location within your mouth’s arch of teeth.
Step 3: The anatomy of tooth numbering charts
Tooth numbering charts list teeth from left to right, with even numbers in front and odd numbers in back. The upper set of teeth are also listed from canine (number 1) to molar (number 8), while lower sets of teeth are listed starting at number 1 on top and ending at number 4 on bottom.The chart below is an example
Step 4: Finding the right dental school
If you’re going to attend dental school, it’s important that you are a good fit for your future institution. Start by researching what kinds of dentists your school produces and looking up former graduates in your area. Talk with potential classmates and faculty members about how their program helped them develop as future dentists—it can be enlightening! You should also research financial aid options, since most dentistry students take out loans for their education. Every dental school has slightly different policies regarding financing, so be sure to investigate those before deciding on a program. Additionally, many schools have residency requirements that may affect when and where you complete your training after graduating from dental school. The more information you have now, before submitting applications, the better off you’ll be!
Step 5: Continue Your Learning
As you get better at understanding dental numbers, try playing around with different techniques for evaluating smiles. One strategy is to concentrate on one part of a smile and use consistent criteria. For example, focus on just the upper front teeth and use 1-2 as normal, 3-4 as mild crowding, 5-6 as moderate crowding and 7-8 or higher as severe or unsightly. You might be surprised by how many patients have some form of crowding that isn’t causing them any issues! Another way to look at smiles is by looking for balance. The first thing I do when I evaluate a smile is look at all four quadrants—the two upper incisors, two lower incisors and two cuspids (or canines). All four should line up in an equal fashion. If they don’t, it could mean there are other issues going on in addition to tooth spacing that may need treatment such as gingival recession or jaw misalignment.