Everyone knows about teeth, but not everyone knows all there is to know about their choppers. One reason is that there are many aspects to our pearly whites, from baby teeth (technically called primary teeth) to permanent teeth.
We at the office of Fort Des Moines Dental are oral healthcare experts and understand “all things dental.” In emphasizing the importance of preventive dental care, we are dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. We provide a comprehensive program of preventive care designed to protect your teeth and reduce your risk of dental disease.
Your 20 primary teeth are in place between ages 2½ and 3. Between the ages of 6 and 12, these primary teeth begin to fall out to make way for the permanent set of teeth. Most adults have 32 permanent teeth.
Teeth are versatile in their names and uses.
Central incisors and lateral incisors are the eight at the front (four on top, four on bottom) of your mouth. Their jobs are to slice and dice food into manageable sizes.
Four cuspids (aka canines) flank the incisors. They grip and tear food.
Four premolars (aka bicuspids, because they have two points) are next to the canines and are permanent teeth. Their job is to crush what you eat. Small bits of food are easier to digest than larger pieces.
Eight molars are also used for chewing and grinding.
The four third molars are known as wisdom teeth and may need to be extracted because they’re impacted or crowding the rest of your teeth.
When searching for a dental practice that’s dedicated to providing the topmost standard of personalized care, look no further than the office of Fort Des Moines Dental. We offer an extensive menu of high-quality dental services for people of all ages. Our skilled team has your needs in mind. For more information about our many services, please call us to schedule an appointment.