Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get To Know The Parts Of Your Teeth

Our teeth have play important roles; they allow us to chew our food and provide the shape to our mouth and face! With that being said, have you ever wondered what makes up a tooth? Now you will!

Tooth Enamel - This is a protective barrier that surrounds the visible part of the tooth. It's made up of strong minerals, such as calcium phosphate. *Fun Fact: Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body!

Dentin - This is found under the tooth enamel and cementum. Dentin is a bone like substance and makes up majority of the tooth structure.

Cementum - This is the coating that surrounds the roots of the teeth. Its similar to enamel but softer. Cementum assists with root stability by attaching to the fibers that anchor the tooth to the jawbone.

Roots - These are anchored into the jawbone allowing us to chew and bite our food.

Root and pulp canals - Located in the tooth is a hollow chamber called the root or pulp canal. This is the part of the tooth that is extremely sensitive and is responsible for providing blood flow and nutrients that are necessary to keeping the tooth alive. When this part of the tooth is damaged a root canal is necessary!

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