third molar or more commonly called the wisdom
Another method of describing the location of teeth
is to refer to them as anterior or posterior teeth (fig.
4-15). Anterior teeth are those located in the front of
the mouth, the incisors, and the cuspids. Normally,
these are the teeth that are visible when a person
smiles. The posterior teeth are those located in the
back of the mouth-the bicuspids and molars.
IDENTIFICATION OF TEETH
To avoid confusion, you must identify a tooth as
completely as possible. Give its full name: Central
incisor (not incisor), second molar (not molar), etc.
But even the full name of a tooth does not provide
adequate identification because several teeth have the
Complete tooth identification requires
that you identify:
the quadrant in which the tooth appears, and
Figure 4-15. Standard dental chart; names and numbers of teeth.