Have you ever wondered why we have teeth? It’s because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to provide our bodies with the nourishment they need to survive. We also wouldn’t be able to speak properly or have a radiant smile. At Elite Dental Arts, it is our job to take care of all your teeth, but if you’ve ever wondered why your teeth look the way that they do, that’s because they each serve a different purpose in your mouth.
The types of teeth we have and their functions are listed below:
- Incisors – located at the front of the mouth, these teeth have a sharp biting surface and are used for cutting or shearing food into small chewable pieces.
- Canines – located at the ‘corners’ of the dental arches, these teeth have a sharp pointed biting surface. Their function is to grip and tear food.
- Premolars – Unlike incisors and canines, these teeth have a flat biting surface. Their function is to tear and crush food.
- Molars – The molars are the largest teeth in the mouth and they too have a large flat biting surface. The function of these is perhaps the strongest of all as they chew, crush, and grind food.
If you have questions about your teeth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.
Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
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