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What is buccal pit?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
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In brief: Normal Tooth Anatomy

A "buccal pit" is a variation of normal tooth anatomy on lower back teeth.
If you look closely at a lower molar, on the cheek side, you'll see two lobes which come together with a small groove between them. Sometimes during tooth development this groove doesn't fuse all the way, leaving a small pit behind. This pit nearly always decays early in life and should be filled, ideally prior to a cavity.

In brief: Normal Tooth Anatomy

A "buccal pit" is a variation of normal tooth anatomy on lower back teeth.
If you look closely at a lower molar, on the cheek side, you'll see two lobes which come together with a small groove between them. Sometimes during tooth development this groove doesn't fuse all the way, leaving a small pit behind. This pit nearly always decays early in life and should be filled, ideally prior to a cavity.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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