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hard, calcified structures embedded in the bone of the jaws of vertebrates that perform the primary function of mastication. Humans and most other mammals have a temporary set of teeth, the deciduous, or milk, teeth; in humans, they usually erupt between the 6th and 24th
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One of the structures found in the mouth of most vertebrates which, in their most primitive form, were conical and were usually used for seizing, cutting up, or chewing food, or for all three of these purposes. The basic tissues that make up the vertebrate tooth are enamel, dentin, cementum, and pulp (see illustration).

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Structure of a tooth

Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body because of the very high concentration, about 96%, of mineral salts. The remaining 4% is water and organic matter. The enamel has no nerve supply, although it is nourished to a very slight degree from the dentin it surrounds. The fine, microscopic hexagonal rods (prisms) of apatite which make up the enamel are held together by a cementing substance.

Dentin, a very bonelike tissue, makes up the bulk of a tooth, consisting of 70% of such inorganic material as calcium and phosphorus, and 30% of water and organic matter, principally collagen. The rich nerve supply makes dentin a highly sensitive tissue; this sensitivity serves no obvious physiological function.

Cement is a calcified tissue, a type of modified bone less hard than dentin, which fastens the roots of teeth to the alveolus, the bony socket into which the tooth is implanted. A miscellaneous tissue, consisting of nerves, fibrous tissue, lymph, and blood vessels, known as the pulp, occupies the cavity of the tooth surrounded by dentin.

The dentition of therian mammals, at least primitively, consists of four different kinds of teeth. The incisors (I) are usually used for nipping and grasping; the canines (C) serve for stabbing or piercing; the premolars (Pm) grasp, slice, or function as additional molars; and the molars (M) do the chewing, cutting, and grinding of the food. Primitively the placentals have 40 teeth and the marsupials 50.

In therian mammals, probably because of the intricacies and vital importance of tooth occlusion, only part of the first (or “milk”) dentition is replaced. This second, or permanent, dentition is made up of incisors, canines, and premolars; as a rule only one premolar is replaced in marsupials. Although the molars erupt late in development and are permanent, that is, not replaced, they are part of the first, or deciduous, dentition.

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One of a series of carved ornaments, typically a pyramidal shape or a four-petal flower, usually set in a concave molding band; used in the Romanesque and Gothic Revival styles. See also: Ornament
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One of the hard bony structures supported by the jaws in mammals and by other bones of the mouth and pharynx in lower vertebrates serving principally for prehension and mastication.
(design engineering)
One of the regular projections on the edge or face of a gear wheel.
An angular projection on a tool or other implement, such as a rake, saw, or comb.
(graphic arts)
The coarse or abrasive quality of a paper or a painting ground that assists in the application of charcoal, pastels, or paint.
A paper texture that holds ink more readily.
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of various sharp, horny, chitinous, or calcareous processes on or about any part of an invertebrate that functions like or resembles vertebrate jaws.
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1. In a paint film, a fine texture imparted either by pigments or by the abrasives used in sanding; this texture provides a good base for the adhesion of a subsequent coat of paint.
2. A dogtooth, 2.
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1. any of various bonelike structures set in the jaws of most vertebrates and modified, according to the species, for biting, tearing, or chewing
2. any of various similar structures in invertebrates, occurring in the mouth or alimentary canal
3. any of the various small indentations occurring on the margin of a leaf, petal, etc.
4. any one of a number of uniform projections on a gear, sprocket, rack, etc., by which drive is transmitted
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The absence of posterior teeth which did not limit chewing, smile and appearance, for example, was not considered a condition that affected the lives of adults with posterior tooth loss.
Although the results were not statistically significant, the percentage of patients reporting pain at the posterior teeth was greater than at the anterior teeth.
(84) According to short-term clinical reports, the survival rate of the endocrowns was 90-95% in posterior teeth. (85,86) A recent meta-analysis evaluated studies on endocrowns and concluded they perform similarly or better than conventional treatments using intraradicular posts, direct composite resin or inlay/onlay restorations.
That helped in restoring the worn denti- tion in the front teeth and had no major effect on the posterior teeth. It was very important to finish the preparation in upper and lower teeth as soon as possible to let the patient get used to the raised occlusal vertical dimension when the provisional crowns were cemented.
The interesting feature in our cases was the occurrence of maxillary sinus CG in close association with endodontically treated maxillary posterior teeth. The development of maxillary sinusitis, including the occurrence of CG, could be attributed to hemorrhage and inflammatory processes in maxillary sinus mucosa after instrumentation or endodontic obturation [13].
Two treatment options were proposed to the patient and her family: double jaw orthognathic surgery with maxillary posterior impaction and the intrusion of maxillary posterior teeth using miniplate anchorage.
Aside from its transverse effect, it has been reported that RME can cause the downward displacement of the maxilla associated to the extrusion of the maxillary posterior teeth, which can lead to the rotation of the maxillary plane in the clockwise direction, thereby increasing the vertical dimension of the face (Doruk et al., 2004; Bayram, Ozer, Arici, & Alkan, 2001) without significantly altering the position of the incisors (Garib et al., 2007; Bayram et al., 2001).
Cheliceral furrow with 2 anterior and 4 posterior teeth; with 4 long bristles at posterior base of fang.
The prevalence of pain in the maxillary anterior teeth, mandibular anterior teeth, maxillary posterior teeth and mandibular posterior teeth was as 52.2%, 55%, 88.2% and 90.3%, respectively.
Different types of magnetic appliances have been used for intrusion of posterior teeth. Hwang and Lee intruded over-erupted posterior teeth by corticotomy and magnets (37).

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