Review Article
Volume 20 Issue 3 - 2021
Evolution of Dentition - A Literature Review
Mugdha S Raut1* and Bhargav S Raut2
1Ex Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, India
2Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Furness General Hospital-Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust, Combria, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: Mugdha S Raut, Ex Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, India..
Received: January 08, 2021; Published: February 26, 2021


Teeth play an important role in mastication and speech. In fossils, teeth found within the rima oris were usually embedded in the jaws, although mineralised structures with similar histological patterns as teeth were found in fossils even before jaws appeared. Conodonts were the complex structures having enamel and dentine which were described in the earliest jawless vertebrates. These fossil findings led researchers to believe that teeth and jaws evolved as well as developed independently. Since the evolution of Homo sapiens from the our chimpanzee various factors such as the mastication pattern, food ingested and the processing of this foodstuff by fire and other tools affected the entire course of evolution. Further, development of mastication is interlinked to supplementary bodily characteristics like size of the brain and bipedalism, which also contributed to crucial happenings like development of linguistics and speech. So, a brief comprehension of these interactions is necessary to support the current evidence-based scenarios. Therefore, the aim of this review is to understand the various evolutionary aspects of dentition and basic genetic interactions which control tooth initiation, morphogenesis and patterning.

Keywords: Dentition; Genetics; Hominid; Homo Sapiens; Orofacial; Maxilla; Mandible


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Citation: Mugdha S Raut and Bhargav S Raut. “Evolution of Dentition - A Literature Review”. EC Dental Science 20.3 (2021): 83-90.

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