Learn About Tooth Numbering Convention

As regular patient undergoing a regular check-up or procedure, you may feel a little in over your head when Dr. Patel starts using dental terminology as he speaks to his assistant. While it’s understandable that you won’t be able to follow every detail of your treatment – you probably don’t have any training in the field, after all – maybe you’ve thought at some point that it could be nice to understand more about your treatment and how to utilize phrases and terms that may be of help to our dental team. After all, no one knows how your teeth are feeling better than you do! Thankfully, Dr. Patel of Family Dentistry of Frisco believes strongly in the power of patient education; that’s why we’d like to introduce you to the process of tooth numbering.

Each of Your Teeth Are Unique

Think back to your last dental check-up. Do you ever remember your local Frisco dentist or a member of his team ever using a number to refer to one of your pearly whites? Maybe he said “make a note about number 5” or something similar, and the assistant did so as the examination continued. When this happens, our dental team is relying on the information provided by a Tooth Numbering system, which was first created in order to give dentists of all focuses a consistent and organized way of addressing specific teeth. Today, over thirty different systems have been developed throughout the world; however, only two of those are commonly used in the United States, and the one we’ll be discussing is called The Universal Numbering System.

This system has a simple, unified purpose: it assigns a specific number to each of a person’s thirty-two teeth they should have as an adult. If you’ve had your wisdom teeth surgically removed or have lost a natural tooth through injury, these spots still exist and are counted.

The numbers start in your mouth’s upper right corner, starting with the wisdom tooth there. You then count across your upper row of teeth until reaching the wisdom on the opposing left side (#16). You then move down to the lower left side of your mouth and continue counting in the opposite direction, finally ending at #32, your lower right wisdom tooth (or the space for it, if it’s been removed).

Better Appreciate Dental Care With Us!

While all of this information may be difficult to remember on the first read, studying this chart and gaining a better understanding of tooth numbering could prove beneficial to your dental care experience. If you’ve suffered an emergency and called our office to schedule immediate treatment, you’ll be able to clearly and quickly communicate the location of the injury or the specific teeth that were involved. You can also better understand where Dr. Patel will perform procedures and even why those areas may be suffering damage!

Contact Dr. Patel of Family Dentistry of Frisco today to schedule an appointment! Our team can’t wait to welcome you and your family to participate in our warm, comprehensive dental care that’s sure to leave teeth happier and healthier than ever before. In addition to Frisco, we also serve the areas of Plano, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, Prosper, and beyond.

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