Dental Anatomy and Nomenclature for the Radiologist

Radiol Clin North Am. 2018 Jan;56(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2017.08.001. Epub 2017 Oct 12.


Head and neck imaging studies frequently encompass the oral cavity and human dentition. Given the relatively wide prevalence of dental disease, the likelihood of detecting incidental dental pathology is high. This article provides an overview of dental terminology, anatomy, restorations, and associated computed tomography imaging artifacts necessary to more effectively interpret and communicate findings related to teeth.

Keywords: CT imaging; Dental anatomy; Dental restorations; Tooth naming.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dentition*
  • Humans
  • Jaw / anatomy & histology*
  • Models, Anatomic*
  • Radiography, Dental / classification*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Tooth / anatomy & histology*