Posterior Teeth: What Are the Characteristics of the Posterior Teeth?

Vadim Vinogradov

What are the characteristics of the posterior teeth? The diagrams below show the position of the posterior incisor, Class II incisor, Premolar, Mandibular first premolar, and distolingual line angle. You can learn more about each tooth type by reading the following articles. This article covers Class II and III incisors. It also covers the distobuccal and mesiodistal dimensions.

Class II incisor

In contrast to the anterior-posterior angulations in a normal arch, in Class II incisors, the lateral incisors are excessively proclined. As a result, the force vector is primarily vertical. However, the interincisal relationship is still restricted, resulting in aggressive attrition of the anterior teeth. Therefore, an obtuse interincisal angle is better for assessing the incisor position and torque requirements.

Class II incisor relationship: This type of malocclusion is defined by British Standards. The lower incisor edges occlude posterior to the cingulum plateau of the upper incisors. The overjet may also be increased, but it is usually minimal. Class II incisor posterior malocclusions are common in Caucasian populations and are caused by interrelated soft-tissue and skeletal factors.

Retroclination of incisors: Patients with severe Class II incisor ratiocination have an overbite. This condition can result in ulceration of the palatal mucosa. The lower incisors may also retro-clone, resulting in a pronounced inter-incisal angle. In addition, the upper central incisors exhibit greater crown root angulation than the lower incisors.

Antero-posterior relationship: Class II incisors may be reclined or normally inclined. The posterior incisors are the most severe type of Class II malocclusion. They may be proclaimed or otherwise oriented. A Class II malocclusion results in a severe overbite that touches the gingiva on the back of the upper teeth. This type of malocclusion results in a profound overbite, known as supraocclusion.

Retroclined upper incisors can cause a pronounced overbite. Nevertheless, the reclined upper incisors require a fixed appliance. This appliance helps the lower incisors resist excessive proclination. Unfortunately, this type of orthodontic appliance may not yield acceptable results. There are several methods to correct Class II incisor ratiocination, including the use of removable appliances.

Class III incisor

The lower incisors are located more vertically in a patient with a Class III incisor posterior. This is because the normal angle between the mandible and the maxilla is 90 degrees. This compensatory tilt of the incisor posteriorly hides the discrepancy between the mandible and the maxilla. In addition, it reduces the perimeter of the mandibular arch. This condition results in a stuck lower incisor and inadequate space.

In a patient with a Class III incisor posterior, the mesiobuccal cusp tip of the maxillary first permanent molar is located posterior to the buccal groove of the mandibular first permanent molar. The most common cause of this condition is excessive mandibular growth. The anterior relationship of this class of malocclusion is negative, with a negative overjet. A wide range of dental compensations is seen in this condition. Class III patients tend to have a concave facial profile and a steep mandibular plane angle.

In Class III malocclusion, the lower incisors are more forward than the upper incisors. As a result, the lower incisor is anterior to the corner of the upper first molar. In addition, the upper incisors are behind the lower incisor. In addition, the anterior crossbite is reversed compared to the normal class I malocclusion. As a result, the Class III incisor posterior is a sign of a broader upper-mandible relationship.

A 21-year-old male patient with a Class III incisor position underwent treatment. He presented with a 5-mm Class III incisor posterior on the right and seven on the left. The patient had a complete growth pattern, and his lower posterior teeth were positioned relatively upright over the apices. The treatment was uneventful, and the patient fully recovered after 28 months. The lower first bicuspid functioned normally.


The permanent teeth in the mouth are called premolars. These teeth occur in pairs, one in each quadrant of the dental arch. Their primary function is to assist the canines during mastication, supplement molar grinding, support the corners of the mouth, and reinforce esthetics during smiling and chewing. However, some premolars may be impacted by their proximity to the midline, so extraction is unnecessary in most cases.

A maxillary first premolar's outline is hexagonal and wider on the buccal than on the lingual surface. It also has four ridges on its occlusal surface, referred to as the buccal cusp. The lingual cusp is shorter than the buccal cusp and is offset mesial. The distal and mesial margins of this tooth are straight, and the linguistic part of the tooth is narrower than the buccal one.

The crown of a maxillary premolar is centered over the root. Its buccolingual width is wider than its mesiodistal width. These two teeth have different root structures, and the shape of each tooth is slightly different. In general, however, the shapes and forms of these teeth are similar, although the first premolars are slightly narrower than the second premolar.

Canines are sharp, pointed teeth that sit next to incisors. Like the canines, they are the longest teeth in the mouth. People use their canines to tear food and chew it. They first get their permanent canines between nine and twelve, with lower canines coming in before the upper ones. Premolars are larger than incisors and have multiple ridges. There are eight premolars in an adult's mouth.

Mandibular first premolar

The mandibular first premolar is one of the posterior teeth and is similar in shape and size to the canine. It has a sharp buccal cusp and a shorter occlusocervical dimension than other teeth in the jaw. It is three to four mm shorter than the adjacent canine. The mandibular first premolar also has longitudinal grooves and a convex surface.

The mandibular first premolar is convex on the buccal surface and has a rounded crown. The tip of the buccal cusp lies in the vertical axis of the tooth's root. It has a relatively small root canal and a low, narrow pulp chamber. It has a concave occlusal surface and a curved distolingual ridge.

The lingual surface of the second premolar has convex surfaces and is longer than the buccal surface of the first premolar. It has a lingual cusp almost as long as the buccal cusp. The crown and root are both convex and wider than the first premolar. The lingual lobes are higher than the buccal cusp, and the marginal ridge is at a right angle to the long axis.

The second premolar, like the first, is the fifth permanent tooth from the median line. It is also a succedaneous tooth for the mandibular first molar. The mandibular second premolar is a successor to the primary mandibular second molar. It is similar to the first in appearance but not in function. It is slightly larger than the first.

Mandibular second premolar

The occlusal dimensions of the Mandibular second premolar are shorter than those of the first premolar. The crowns of the two premolars are roughly the same size. The mesial margin is narrower than the distal margin, and the lingual cusp is aligned with the buccal triangular ridge. The lingual surface of the mandibular second premolar is slightly convex in the buccal region and is shorter than the first one.

The two permanent Mandibular second premolars are designated by a number, either twenty or thirty-nine. For example, the left premolar is designated 20, while the right is designated 29. Palmer notation uses a number and a symbol to designate each quadrant. For example, if both the left and right second premolars are identical, the right would have a five while the left would have a two-digit number, "-5". The international notation uses a different numbering scheme.

Intraoral periapical radiographs are considered the backbone of diagnosis, but they have limitations. This report describes a root canal treatment for the mandibular second premolar. The patient's case included a patient who underwent root canal treatment and was cured. Despite the difficulties associated with identifying root canals, the treatment was successful. This study has implications for diagnosis, therapy, and dental caries.

The study objective was to test three hypotheses: that the agenesis process explains the changes in mandibular morphology and that agenesis results from spatial limitations in the mandible. The second hypothesis is that common genetic/epigenetic factors are associated with this morphological pattern. This study shows that the premolar agenesis process is common and caused by genetic/epigenetic factors.

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