Written by Dr. Alice Vessel
YOUR DENTIST SAYS…
“You need a MOD on#18, MIFL on #8, DOFL on #15, a MAOFADLJFLKDFJ on...”HUH? OMG! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Teeth are described by surfaces. Much like a box, teeth have five visual sides within the mouth.
M – Mesial: The side closest to the midline
D – Distal: The side farthest from the midline
L – Lingual: the side by the tongue
B – Buccal: the side facing the cheek
O – Occlusal: the biting surfaces of molars and premolars
I – Incisal: the cutting edge of the twelve front teeth
So, if a filling will cover two sides of the tooth it is, say, a M(mesial)O(occlusal), or a D(distal) O(occlusal). Teeth are numbered starting at the upper right back tooth going to the upper left (#1 to #16). Then the lower left proceeding around the arch to the lower right (#17 to #32). If a tooth is missing, it still holds its place. So, if your wisdom teeth are removed you have teeth #2 to #15 on the upper arch and #18-#31 on the lower.
Ah, those dental acronyms...and though I realize I may not the the Ole’ GOAT (Greatest Of All Times) around, I am certain that I have the best FART (Feared And Revered Team) in town.[/mp_span] [/mp_row]