Understanding Tooth Morphology

This article examines the basics of tooth morphology, including shape, color, and texture, and discusses how controlling the interplay of these elements allows clinicians to create lifelike restorations that can compensate for biologic shortcomings, especially in the absence of orthodontics.

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Understanding Tooth Morphology

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS

January 2020 Issue - Expires January 31st, 2023

Inside Dentistry

Abstract

When creating a restoration, a thorough understanding of tooth morphology is essential to minimize the preparation necessary as well as to maximize the esthetics of the outcome. Beyond the goal of remaining conservative, an appreciation of how light and texture interact to affect one’s perception of the color, position, shape, size, and alignment of the teeth can help clinicians create cosmetic illusions to hide less-than-ideal factors and further elevate the esthetics of restorations. This article examines the basics of tooth morphology, including shape, color, and texture, and discusses how controlling the interplay of these elements allows clinicians to create lifelike restorations that can compensate for biologic shortcomings, especially in the absence of orthodontics.

CREDITS: 2 SI

COST: $16.00

PROVIDER: AEGIS Publications, LLC

SOURCE: Inside Dentistry | January 2020

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how an understanding of tooth morphology aids in the creation of minimally invasive preparations.
  • Identify the three basic shapes of primary tooth anatomy and explain what is meant by secondary anatomy.
  • Explain tertiary anatomy and the effect that surface texture has on the appearance of a tooth.
  • Discuss how the interplay of light and shape and width-to-height ratios affects the appearance of tooth size in cosmetic dental illusions.

Disclosures:

The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this work.

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