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Dental Anatomy: A Review (AGD 010)

Presenter: Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed.


It is important for the dental team to know the appearance of normal anatomy of the face and oral cavity. This knowledge provides a sound basis for identifying abnormal conditions. The dentist holds sole responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of the patient, however, the entire dental team should always be alert for abnormal conditions in all patients’ oral cavities. There are, of course, wide variations of what can be considered normal, but with careful attention to detail the dental team will gain confidence and become more adept at identifying conditions that may require further attention.



Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed. is a certified dental assistant and the Program Director for the Dental Assisting Program at Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, Florida. She has authored many professional articles, has been a contributing author to several ADAA continuing education courses, and has lectured extensively on many dental related topics.

Kimberly graduated from the CODA accredited dental assisting program she now leads and has remained in the field since 1982 working clinically, administratively, and academically. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Baccalaureate degree in Industrial and Technical Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

She served as the president of the American Dental Assistants Association in 2007-2008 and again in 2014-2016. She is the founding Director and first President of the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation.  


At the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

•Identify and describe the appearance of the normal anatomic structures of the face and oral cavity.
•Identify and describe the following: types of teeth and their functions, the divisions of a tooth, the tissues of a tooth, the surfaces of a tooth, and the anatomical landmarks of teeth.
•Discuss the importance of occlusion and describe the classifications of occlusion.
•Describe the two dentitions and the types of teeth in each dentition.
•DIscuss the importance of the primary teeth.
•Identify and describe the components of the periodontium, and discuss the importance of the periodontium.
•Define terminology related to denal anatomy.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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