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General Anatomy > Alimentary system > Mouth > Teeth > Mandibular dental arcade; Lower dental arcade

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The maxillary dental arcade (upper dental arcade; superior dental arch) is larger than the mandibular dental arcade (lower dental arcade; inferior dental arch), so that in the normal condition the teeth in the maxillae slightly overlap those of themandible both in front and at the sides.

Since the upper central incisors are wider than the lower, the other teeth in the upper arch are thrown somewhat distally, and the two sets do not quite correspond to each other when the mouth is closed: thus the upper canine tooth rests partly on the lower canine and partly on the first premolar, and the cusps of the upper molar teeth lie behind the corresponding cusps of the lower molar teeth.

The two series, however, end at nearly the same point behind; this is mainly because the molars in the upper arch are the smaller.


This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

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