Premolar Teeth

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Molar teeth (dentes premolares) are only in the permanent dentition between the canine and the first molar. They have, in contrast to cusps and incisors, five faces (oral, vestibular, two approximal and masticatory - facies occlusalis). Their original name was dentes bicuspidati - teeth double-cusped, precisely because of the typical two bumps on the chewing surface that point vestibularly and orally.

On the chewing surface there are marginal ridges in the approximal direction. Their main importance lies in supporting and strengthening the relief of the crown and mitigating the risk of its breakage. There is also a pronounced groove that goes mesiodistally and divides the surface into oral and buccal parts (it is more pronounced in the upper premolars than in the lower). We classify all premolars as pillars Class II

Upper premolars

The upper premolars have an outline similar to a rectangle or an ellipse, and their vestibular surfaces resemble the labial surface of a canine. The approximal surfaces have a rectangular shape and are convex at the point of contact (on the contrary, they are concave in the cervical direction).

Upper teeth

First upper premolar

Two cusps – the buccal cusp points distally and is higher and sharper than the palatal cusp. As the only one of all premolars, it has the largest percentage of cases (60%)

two roots and 92% two canals. The roots are gracile and twisted - difficult to treat endodontically. Frequent extraction for orthodontic reasons. This is pillar II. class according to Voldřich .

First upper premolar

Second upper premolar

It is smaller in volume than the first premolar , to which it is very similar except for a few differences. Unlike the first upper premolar, both cusps are the same height. In 90%, it has only one root, which has a close relationship with the maxillary cavity . Like all premolars, they belong to pillars II. class according to Voldřich . </noinclude>


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Lower premolars

schematic representation of first premolars A distinctive feature of the lower premolars is the 'inclination of the crown in the lingual direction.

Lower first premolar

It is the smallest premolar in the oral cavity. It belongs to the pillars of class II according to Voldrich.

First lower premolar

The cusps are divided by an edge into a shorter, higher mesial part and a longer, higher distal part. The buccal tubercle is very sharp and points in a lingual direction. The lingual bump, on the other hand, is smaller and much lower.

There is only one root, oval or circular in shape.

The root canal is only one in 75 % of the cases and is oval in shape.

The pulp cavity is cylindrical and extends into the two corners of the pulp, the larger buccal and the smaller lingual.

Second lower premolar

It is generally the largest of all premolars. Its masticatory surface differs from the others in that it can exist in several forms (two-pronged, three-pronged and multi-pronged). It is a Voldrich class II pillar.

second lower premolar (adult dentition left)


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