Proper restoration charting allows the dental team to see any existing conditions and dental work the patient may have had done in the past, and also any dental treatment the patient may need.
Before we can chart any restorations, we have to understand a few things about teeth.
Take a look at this tooth chart.
Draw a straight line between teeth #8 and #9 all the way down to teeth #24 and #25. You’ve created a midline for the top teeth and for the bottom teeth.
A tooth has different surfaces and those surfaces are named by their relationship to the midline of that arch.
The surface of the tooth that is toward the midline
The surface of the tooth that is away from the midline
The surface of the tooth that is toward the tongue
The broad grinding surface of the posterior teeth
FACIAL OR BUCCAL SURFACE
The surface of a posterior tooth which is toward the cheek
FACIAL OR LABIAL SURFACE
The surface of an anterior tooth that is toward the lip.