Dental Classification

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BRACHYODONT: teeth which have anatomical crowns that are shorter than their roots. [from BRACHY- + -ODONT] Compare HYPSODONT

DENTITIONS

HETERODONT: dentition of an animal having teeth which differ in form.

( from Gr. heteros different + - ODONT)

POLYPHYODONT: an animal which has a continuous succession of teeth throughout life.

( from Gr. polus many + -PHY + -ODONT)

GROUPED ERUPTION: where the permanent posterior teeth erupt side by side in a vertical direction and no sequential replacement of the tooth loss take place horizontally from a caudal direction.

SEQUENTIAL ERUPTION: method of tooth replacement where new teeth erupt horizontally from a distal/caudal direction ( e.g. the molars of elephants, macropods and manatee ).

( from L. sequi  to follow )

HOMODONT: dentition of animals where all the teeth are alike in form.

( from Gr. homos the same + - ODONT)

MONOPHYODONT: an animal in which the permanent dentition does not have a primary precursor or a successor (e.g. dolphins).

( from Gr. mono one + -PHY + -ODONT)

ELODONT: New term. a type of tooth that increases in its height or length on the pulpal axis throughout life. [from elo- (prefix) abbreviation of L. elongate to lengthen +

-ODONT] Compare ANELODONT

ANELODONT: New term. type of tooth that has a limited period of growth. [from Gr. an- (prefix) not + elo- (prefix) an abbreviation of L. elongare to lengthen + -ODONT] Compare ELODONT

HYPSODONT: teeth that have anatomical crowns which are greater in height than their roots. [from HYPSO- + -ODONT]

BRACHYODONT: teeth which have anatomical crowns that are shorter than their roots. [from BRACHY- + -ODONT] Compare HYPSODONT