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Image C header Occlusal surfaces of the mandibular cheek teeth (labelled)
The occlusal surfaces of the cheek teeth show the enamel ridges forming blade like structures across the occlusal surfaces of the teeth. The indentation between each enamel ridge corresponds to the shape of the occlusal surface of the opposing tooth. Each enamel ridge occludes with the enamel edges of the opposing teeth, which makes the cheek effective in shearing through vegetation.
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Image C header Appearance of normal cheek teeth with points and ridges
This image shows the right side of the oral cavity of an anaesthetised rabbit. The mouth is held open with a gag and cheek dilators. The tongue has been pushed to one side with a pair of curved scissors. A reflection of the teeth is mirrored on the scissors. The appearance of the cheek teeth can be seen. The enamel ridges that run across the centre of each cheek tooth form a series of vertical points alongside the tongue. These are normal. The teeth are all the same height, so the zigzag occlusal pattern is regular. The brown staining is from plant pigments.
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Image text/texmacs Occlusal surfaces of the mandibular cheek teeth
This photograph shows a hemimandible from a wild rabbit. The hemimandible has been tipped slightly to show the regular points that are present on the lingual aspect of the lower cheek teeth. These are normal. They don't need to be removed although they will quickly grow back in a rabbit with healthy cheek teeth. The points are different from the lingually directed spurs that develop on pathologically curved teeth.
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