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Learn About the Different Types of Teeth

At Innovative Dental, we care about your teeth. Our job is to ensure that you have the proper information and skills to ensure that you have the best in oral health. As dentists, our primary focus at Innovative Dental is caring about your teeth. Did you know that adults have four to five different types of teeth? Learn more about each type of tooth and its function below.

The Four Types of Teeth


Incisors are the first four top and bottom teeth at the front of your mouth. The four teeth at the very middle (two on top and two on bottom) are the central incisors, and the remaining four are the lateral incisors. These are typically the first teeth that come in as baby teeth and as permanent, adult teeth. The incisors are thin, straight teeth that are used to initially bite into food when you eat. Incisors are also the main support for your lips.

The canine teeth are on either side of the incisors at the front of the mouth. These teeth are much more pointed in comparison to the incisors and are used for tearing and grasping food. Canines are often called cuspids by dentists, including the ones at Innovative Dental. Besides supporting the lips and tearing food, the canine teeth help to guide the upper and lower jaws together when the mouth closes.

Premolars, also known as bicuspids, sit next to the canine teeth. The premolars have a flattened top used to crush and chew food. These teeth also help keep your face’s height. There are eight premolars total in your mouth – four on the top and four on the bottom.

Molars are the teeth located at the very back of the mouth. There are 12 molars in total, with six on the upper jaw and six on the lower jaw. The molars are used to chew food and help maintain the height of the face

Third Molars/Wisdom Teeth
Third molars are more commonly known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually don’t erupt until a person is about 18-20 years old. Some people never develop wisdom teeth at all, which is why third molars aren’t considered the main types of teeth. Many who do have wisdom teeth experience crowding on the jaw and have to have them removed.

Tooth Care from Innovative Dental
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