- February 13, 2013
When it comes down to it, no one knows how your teeth feel better than you do. That’s why it can be frustrating when you’re trying to explain the source of discomfort of pain in your mouth, only to find that it’s a near-impossible thing to articulate. Dental language and terminology can be confusing at times – that’s why Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his dedicated team feel it’s important to provide a patient education section on our website, as well as countless links where you can learn more about the services we offer here in the Philadelphia area. Today, we’d like to discuss just one of the facets of dentistry care that could be helpful to learn about before you come into either our Collegeville or Williamsport office for treatment – tooth numbering.
Tallying Each of Your Teeth for Easier Access and Understanding
During past examinations, you may have heard Dr. DiGiallorenzo ask one of his assistants to make a note about a number. He’s referring to the information provided by The Universal Numbering System, a tooth numbering system that dentists all over the United States rely on to provide them with a consistent and precise way of referring to specific teeth in a person’s mouth. Each of your teeth has a specific number assigned to it; even if you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, those numbers still exist. Numbering begins in the upper right of your mouth, starting with your upper right wisdom tooth (#1) before moving across your upper row of teeth, then down to the lower left where it crosses back across the lower set, finally ending at your lower right wisdom tooth (#32). This can be a hard concept to understand just with words – take a look at our tooth numbering page to see a chart.
Learning these numbers can be helpful when undergoing dental treatment from Dr. DiGiallorenzo. For instance, if you suffer a cracked or broken tooth and need to call one of our offices, tooth numbering allows you to quickly and clearly communicate which teeth have been affected. Being familiar with tooth numbering can be a valuable tool in the understanding of your dental treatment and why certain teeth may suffer more damage than others.
Feel free to call us with any questions you have about tooth numbering, or if you’re reading to schedule an appointment with Dr. DiGiallorenzo. Our dedicated team is happy to serve the Philadelphia area and beyond from two offices in Collegeville and Williamsport. Let us give you a reason to a smile!