What is the make up of a tooth?

What is a tooth made of?

Primarily, there are three parts of the tooth: the crownSimple crown procedure utilizing a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal and not involving complicated prep., the neck and the rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth.. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible and sits above the gums. The neck is the small, thin part between the root and the crown. Finally, the root is the deepest part of the tooth and is connected to the gums. The root offers a great deal of support to the crown and neck.

The exterior of the tooth is made from enamelHard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth. and is most visible on your crown. Enamel is the strongest part of your body and protects your teeth, which enables people to eat harder foods and chew without issues (providing you follow a good oral hygiene routine). 

The interior of the tooth is made up of dentine and the pulpConnective tissue containing blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity of a tooth.(nerve). Dentine is enclosed by the enamel and offers further support to the structure of the tooth. CementumHard connective tissue covering the tooth root. is vital for protecting the root of the tooth and attaches the tooth to the bone. Finally, the pulp is found in the centre of the tooth and contains the blood vessels and nerves, that maintain the tooth’s vitality.

Teeth are incredibly strong and are designed to withstand pressure, however without brushing regularly and flossing they can still be susceptible to infection and breakage. That is why it is so important to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups with your dentist.

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