Basic Terminology

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Cusp: An elevation or raised portion on the crown of a tooth. Canines have one cusp, premolars have two to three cusps, and molars have four to five cusps.


Cingulum: The convex lobe/protuberance on the cervical third of the lingual surface of an anterior tooth.


Pit: A small, pointed depression in the enamel.


Mamelon: Rounded enamel projections on the incisal edges of anterior teeth.

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