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Types and parts of teeth

baby tooth

noun

one of the first set of teeth that young children get

buck teeth

noun

top front teeth that stick out more than the bottom teeth

canine

noun

one of the four pointed teeth towards the front of your mouth. The front teeth between your canines are called incisors, and the large square teeth behind them are called molars.

dentine

noun

the hard substance that your teeth are made of and is under the enamel (=white outer layer)

dentures

noun

artificial teeth worn by people who do not have their own teeth

enamel

noun

the hard white outer layer of teeth

false teeth

noun

a set of artificial teeth

fang

noun

one of the long pointed teeth that some animals have, for example snakes, dogs, and tigers

incisor

noun

one of the sharp teeth at the front of your mouth, used for cutting and biting. The incisors are between four sharp teeth called canines and the large square teeth behind those are called molars.

milk tooth

noun

any of the first teeth that a child has, which fall out when the adult teeth start to develop

molar

noun

one of the large teeth at the back of your mouth, used for chewing food. The four pointed teeth towards the front of your mouth are called canines and the front teeth between your canines are called incisors.

pulp

noun

the soft, sensitive part in the inside of a tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels

root

noun

the part of a hair, tooth, or nail that is under your skin

root canal

noun

a set of thin spaces inside the root of a tooth that can become infected

tusk

noun

one of the two very long pointed teeth on an animal such as an elephant or a walrus

wisdom tooth

noun

one of the four large teeth that grow at the back of your mouth when you are an adult

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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