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Mandibular molars

Dental anatomy of mandibular molars

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Mandibular molars

  1. 1. BASIM ZWAIN LECTURES DENTAL ANATOMY PERMANENT MANDIBULAR MOLARS Professor Dr. Basim Zwain Faculty of Dentistry University of Kufa
  2. 2. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Principal identifying features 1- Five cusps, 2 buccal, 2 lingual, and one distal. 2- The buccal surface is bulky (lingually inclined) with two dev. grooves. 3- The crown is wider mesiodistally than buccolingually. 4- Occlusal outline is rectangular in shape. 5- Two well developed roots, one mesial, and one distal.
  3. 3. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Buccal aspect 1- The mesial contact area is at the junction of the occlusal and the middle thirds. 2- The distal contact area is a little lower than the mesial contact area. 3- The cervical line is regular, curving apically. 4- There are 2 developmental grooves between the cusps acting as lines of division between the buccal cusps. The mesiobuccal developmental groove is shorter than the distobuccal d.g.
  4. 4. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Buccal aspect 5- The mesiobuccal, distobuccal, and distal cusps are clearly visible, and the mesiolingual, and distolingual cusp’s tips are seen. 6- The mesiobuccal cusp is slightly wider than the distobuccal cusp, together making 80% of the mesiodistal width. The distal cusp makes the rest 20%. 7- The buccal cusps are flat occlusally, the distal cusp is rounded. 8- The point of bifurcation of the 2 roots about 3mn below the cervical line.
  5. 5. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Lingual aspect 1- Three cusps seen (mesiolingual, distolingual, and lingual portion of the distal cusp). Mesiolingual cusp is the widest mesiodistally and has the highest cusp tip and the distal cusp is the lowest. 2- The 2 lingual cusps are pointed, and form obtuse angles at their cusp tips. 3- The lingual developmental groove extends downward for about a 1/3 of the crown length, and acts as a line of division between the lingual cusps.
  6. 6. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Mesial aspect 1- The crown is rhomboidal with a lingual tilt of the buccal outline. 2- The buccal outline of the crown is convex at the junction of the cervical and middle thirds (buccal cervical ridge), then the outline straightens to the buccal cusp tip. 3- The lingual outline is less convex, with the crest of curvature at the center of the middle third. 4- The cervical line is irregular, higher lingually than buccally.
  7. 7. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Mesial aspect 5- The buccal cusp is flat, and the lingual cusp is sharp, with greater cusp height. 6- The mesial marginal ridge is located 1mm below the level of the cusp tips.
  8. 8. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Distal aspect 1- Because the crown is shorter distally, than mesially, most of the buccal, lingual, and occlusal surfaces can be seen from the distal aspect. 2- Distal cusp is located buccal to tooth long axis. 3- Distal marginal ridge is short and curves cervically to form obtuse angle. 4- The cervical line is irregular. 5- Distal root is narrower than mesial root.
  9. 9. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Occlusal aspect 1- The crown is rectangular in shape, mesiodistally longer by 1mm than buccolingually. 2- Buccolingual measurement of the crown is greater on mesial than on distal. The mesiodistal measurement is greater on buccal than on lingual.
  10. 10. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR Occlusal aspect 3- More of the buccal surface of the crown can be seen than of the lingual surface. 4- There are 5 cusps, mesiobuccal (largest), then mesiolingual and distolingual, then distobuccal, then the distal cusp.
  11. 11. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR 5- The distal contact area is on the distal cusp. 6- There are 4 dev. grooves: a) Central d.g. (centrally) b) Mesiobuccal d.g. divides the mesiobuccal and distobuccal cusp. c) Distobuccal d.g. It divides the distobuccal and distal cusp. d) Lingual d.g. It divides the mesiolingual and distolingual cusp.
  12. 12. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR 7- There are 3 fossae: a) Central fossa. Roughly circular bounded by Distal slope of mesiobuccal cusp, Both mesial and distal slopes of distobuccal cusp, Mesial slope of the distal cusp, Distal slope of mesiolingual cusp, Mesial slope of the distolingual cusp.
  13. 13. MANDIBULAR FIRST MOLAR b) Mesial ∆ fossa. It is distal to the mesial marginal ridge. c) Distal ∆ fossa. It is mesial to the distal marginal ridge. 8- There are 3 pits: a) Central pit. In the center of the central fossa. b) Mesial pit. In the mesial ∆ fossa. c) Distal pit. In the distal ∆ fossa.
  14. 14. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Principal identifying features 1- Rounded square occlusal outline. 2- Four cusps, 2 buccal, and 2 lingual. 3- Not as wide mesiodistally as 6. 4- Buccal aspect has one groove. 5- Many suppl. gr. on the occl. surface 6- Two roots which are less broad than 6, and close together.
  15. 15. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Buccal aspect 1- The crown is shorter and narrower mesiodistally than 6. 2- There is one dev. groove dividing the mesiobuccal and distobuccal cusps which are equal in size. 3- Two roots (mesial and distal) are less broad and closer together.
  16. 16. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Lingual aspect Only the lingual cusp is in view because the tips of the lingual cusps are higher than the buccal cusps.
  17. 17. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Mesial aspect 1- The cervical ridge buccally is less pronounced, and the occlusal surface is constricted buccolingually. 2- The cervical line shows no curvature. 3- The 2 roots may be seen from this aspect.
  18. 18. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Distal aspect 1- Absence of distal cusp and distobuccal groove. 2- Most of the occlusal surface can be seen from this aspect.
  19. 19. MANDIBULAR SECOND MOLAR Occlusal aspect 1- It is roughly rectangular. 2- The central groove is in the center, with the lingual and buccal dev. grooves meeting with the central groove at right angle. 3- Four cusps, 2 buccal (mesiobuccal, and distobuccal) and 2 lingual (mesiolingual and distolingual). 4- Many supplemental grooves radiating from the developmental grooves.
  20. 20. MANDIBULAR THIRD MOLAR Principal identifying features 1- The crown is similar to 7 but smaller, and more rounded. 2- Two roots, short, underdeveloped, and often fused. 3- Four cusps (but may be more). 4- Lingually inclined buccal surface. 5- A great number of supplemental grooves.
  21. 21. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN UPPER AND LOWER MOLARS Subject Maxillary Mandibular 1- Shape of occlusal aspect Rhomboidal Rectangular 2- Crown width Wider Bucco-lingually than mesio-distally Wider mesio-distally than bucco-lingually 3- Number of roots 3 2 4- Presence of oblique ridge Yes No 5- Functional cusps 4 5 6- Shape of cusps (mesial aspect) Buccal cusp is sharp Lingual cusp is rounded Buccal cusp is rounded Lingual cusp is sharp 7- Buccal cervical ridge No Yes 8- Developmental groove 6 4 9- Fossae 4 3
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