Dental anatomy Archive

What are the Muscles used to Frown

There has been a long standing debate about people saying that it takes a lot more muscles to frown as compared to smile. This is not true that it takes around 48 muscles to frown, it takes a lot less and it is safe to say that the number of muscles taken to ...Read More

Differences between Maxillary and Mandibular First and Second Molars

Maxillary and Mandibular teeth are different in every aspect starting from the size of the teeth to the number of roots (in the molars). This is a very important topic to know the differences between maxillary and mandibular molars to be able to do proper access cavity preparation, removal or caries and ...Read More

Types of location of 3rd Molar root to Inferior Alveolar Nerve Canal

The 3rd molar is the most commonly impacted tooth in the whole dentition because of the timing of the eruption and the lack of length of Jaw which has been decreasing over generations thanks to Evolution. During 3rd molar impaction of the Mandible there are many factors which should be considered before ...Read More

What are the Supporting Cells of Taste Buds

Taste Buds are the cells or group of cells which help in taste perception. The location of Taste buds is mainly on the inner walls of the trough surrounding the vallate papilla, in the folds of the foliate papillae, on the posterior surface of epiglottis, and on some of the fungiform papillae ...Read More

What is Stippling of Gingiva and how is it formed and where it is seen

Stippling of Gingiva: Healthy gingiva presents a textured surface like that seen on the surface of an Orange Peel which is called as Stippled. It is also called as Alternate protuberances & depressions on gingival surface. Stippling was used to be thought to indicate health, but it has since been shown that smooth gingiva ...Read More

Rare Impaction of 3rd Molar between Roots of Adjacent tooth

Here are some images of Impacted teeth which are very Rare and we do not know whether they are Developmental Disturbances or Impacted Teeth. There are many types of Wisdom teeth Impactions depending on various factors which aid in its classification. Various authors have classified Wisdom Teeth like Archer, Pell and Gregory, ...Read More

Classification of Sounds and Importance in Prosthodontics and Dentistry

Various types of sounds are produced by the oral cavity with the help of coordination of several parts of the oral cavity like the tongue, lips, teeth, palate which work in coordination to produce the sounds. These sounds are very important in the fabrication of Complete denture which helps in determining the ...Read More

Classification of Cranial nerves based on Sensory, Motor and their Functions

There are 12 cranial nerves which supply the head and neck region and have varied functions of purely sensory, purely motor and mixed type. Vagus is the only nerve which supplies to parts other than head and neck region like Lungs, Heart, Intestine and Stomach. I have divided the Functions of the ...Read More

Parotid Fascia – Borders and location

Parotid fascia is the superficial layer of deep cervical fascia which splits to enclose the parotid gland. The Fascia is made up of two layers – a Superficial layer or lat. Lamina superficials and a deeper layer or lat. Lamina Profunda. The Parotid fascia covering the lateral surface of the gland is ...Read More

Muscles responsible for Movements and Action of Tongue and their nerve supply

Tongue is one of the most powerful muscle of the body and the movements of tongue are very important in speaking and swallowing or deglutation of food and the movements of tongue are controlled by Intrinsic and Extrinsic muscles. Action of Intrinsic muscles on movements of tongue: Superior Logitudnal muscle: Action: Shortens ...Read More

Which muscles form the Reteomylohyoid curtain and its boundries

Retromylohyoid curtain forms the distal end of the alveolingual sulcus. It is a curtain formed by the mucous membrane in the oral cavity. Retromylohyoid curtain bounds the Retromylohyoid fossa. It is a very important structure which plays a major role in the success or failure of a Complete Denture. This area is ...Read More

Blood supply, Lymphatic Drainage and Nerve supply to the Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands are mostly divided into Major and Minor Salivary glands, the major salivary glands are mainly Parotid, Submandibular and Sublingual glands and  Location of Minor Salivary Glands Parotid gland: Nerve supply – Auricotemporal nerve Blood supply – External Carotid artery via the Posterior Auricular artery and the Transverse facial Venous Drainage ...Read More

What is Modiolus of Face and Mouth

Modiolus is a point at the corner of the mouth or the angle of mouth where 8 muscles meet. It is also called as the Fibromuscular condensation where the extrinsic and intrinsic muscles meet together. This point is important in movement of facial muscles, facial expressions and in a treatment point of view ...Read More

Taste perception by different papilla and taste buds and the nerves associated

Taste perception by tongue is possible with the help of taste buds present in the papilla present on surface of tongue, all but filliform papilla contain taste buds. It was first described by Harvard Psychologist D.P Hanig in a German paper (Zur Psychophysik des Geschmackssinnes) about the location of different types of ...Read More