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Glossary of Dental: Anatomy of primary dentition

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Occlusal anatomy?
Shallow, no secondary anatomy
Cusp shape?
more rounded
Primary crown shape?
Bell shaped
Roots?
Greater length proportionally

lots of divergence
Size?
smaller

EXCEPT: primary molars are larger than their succeeding premolars (mesiodistally)
Why be concerned in maintaining primary teeth?
1) freedom from pain/infection
2) Eating and speech
3) growth and development of skull
4) Space maintenance
5) esthetics
General shape of molars?
Cervical Bulge
Crown proportion?
Shorter
Enamel?
Thinner, more suseptible to caries
Pulp chamber size?
Relatively larger
Color?
Much whiter and opaque
How many teeth?
20

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