Tooth Surface

  • 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.

  • MESIAL SURFACE

    The surface of the tooth that is toward the midline

  • DISTAL SURFACE

    The surface of the tooth that is away from the midline

  • LINGUAL SURFACE

    The surface of the tooth that is toward the tongue

  • OCCLUSAL SURFACE

    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.