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Molars

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Three back teeth in each dental quadrant used for grinding food.

Molars have broad crowns used to chew or grind food. If the wisdom teeth (third molars) are included, there are 12 molar teeth total, three in each quadrant of the mouth directly behind the premolars. Molars have multiple cusps (rounded protrusions or aspects) that are short and blunt, and produce a large chewing or occlusal surface.

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