Saturday, July 24, 2010

WHAT IS CUSP? (WIKIPEDIA)

The teeth of the right side of the mouth, shown contacting the teeth in the opposing jaw with their cusp tips.

A cusp is an occlusal or incisal eminence on a tooth.

Canine teeth, otherwise known as cuspids, each possess a single cusp, while premolars, otherwise known as bicuspids, possess two each. Molars normally possess either four or five cusps. In certain populations the maxillary molars, especially first molars, will possess a fifth cusp situated on the mesiolingual cusp known as the Cusp of Carabelli.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cusp_%28dentistry%29

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