The Cheek Teeth

The cheek teeth lie behind the anterior incisor and canine teeth. They comprise five teeth: two premolars and three molars. Unlike the anterior teeth they all possess more than one cusp and the molars and the maxillary first premolars have more than one root. They also have broad grinding or occlusal surfaces to break up food into small particles prior to swallowing.

The maxillary premolars have an oval occlusal outline with two prominent cusps, whereas the mandibular premolars have a rounded occlusal outline and a far less prominent lingual cusp