We are cautious about the status of our teeth and an attractive smile is desirable to many of us. A set of healthy teeth is essential for chewing and speech. Knowing the structure of your teeth can be interesting. So let us explore the anatomy of a tooth.
Anatomy of a tooth:
It is the white outer layer of the tooth and the hardest component in the body. Enamel is made of calcium phosphate – a hard mineral.
Dentin is the layer below the enamel, which is softer than enamel and tougher than bone. Dentine has numerous microscopic canals called dentinal tubules. Dentinal nerve fibers, which are found inside the dentinal tubules transmit pain stimuli from the tooth.
Pulp is the inner part of the tooth that contains tiny blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves. It is commonly referred to as “nerve of the tooth”, because the pulp area gets sensitized when exposed. A rigid pulp is essential for healthy tooth; it provides nutrients required for formation of dentin. Pulp infected with bacteria due to tooth decay weakens the structure of the tooth, and if not removed using root canal therapy it will lead to severe tooth pain and swelling of the surrounding areas.
It is a connective tissue that connects the root of teeth firmly to gums and jawbone. It is a hard tissue that forms a thin covering only on the root segment of the tooth. Cementum is a light yellowish layer and it can be easily distinguished from dentin because of the light color.
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