surfaces-of-teeth
  • Distal

    The surface that is away from the midline of the face.

  • Facial

    The surface that faces the cheeks or lips. Can also use the terms:

    • Labial – The surface towards the lips.
    • Buccal – The surface towards the cheeks.
  • Incisal

    The biting edge of an anterior tooth.

  • Lingual

    The surface that faces the tongue.

  • Mesial

    The surface that is closest to the midline of the face.

  • Occlusal

    The chewing surface of posterior teeth.

  • Proximal

    Tooth surfaces that are next to each other (i.e., distal of lateral incisor and mesial of canine).