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Facial (F) – the surface of a tooth closest to the cheeks or lips; this surface can also be known as the Labial

Labial (La) – the surface of an anterior tooth facing the lips

Buccal (B) – the surface of a posterior tooth facing the cheeks

Incisal Edge [or ridge] (I) – the biting edge of anterior teeth

Lingual (L) – the surface of a tooth closest to the tongue

Proximal – the surface of a tooth that touches a neighboring tooth’s surface; each tooth has two proximal surfaces known as the mesial and distal surfaces.

Mesial (M) – the surface of a tooth that is closest to the midline (middle) of the face

Distal (D) – the surface of a tooth that faces away from the midline of the face

Occlusal (O) – the chewing surface of posterior teeth

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