Tooth Anatomy

The teeth are the hardest substances in the human body. Besides being essential for chewing, the teeth play an important role in speech. In our latest Saskatoon dentists blog article we share information about the anatomy of your teeth!

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What Are The Different Parts Of A Tooth?

Each tooth has several distinct parts; here is an overview of each part:
  1. Enamel – this is the outer and hardest part of the tooth that has the most mineralised tissue in the body. It can be damaged by decay if teeth are not cared for properly.
  2. Dentin – this is the layer of the tooth under the enamel. If decay makes it through the enamel, it attacks the dentin next, where millions of tiny tubes lead directly to the dental pulp.
  3. Pulp – this is the soft tissue found in the centre of all teeth, where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are located. If tooth decay reaches the pulp, you usually feel pain and may require a root canal procedure.
  4. Cementum: A layer of connective tissue that binds the roots of the teeth firmly to the gums and jawbone.
  5. Periodontal ligament: Tissue that helps hold the teeth tightly against the jaw.

 

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Tooth Anatomy Continued… How many teeth is normal?

A normal adult mouth has 32 teeth, which (except for wisdom teeth) have erupted by about age 13.

 

 

 

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Source: Original Article WebMD

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