Lynn Dental Care Takes a Look at the Parts of a Tooth
At Lynn Dental Care, our primary focus as a dental and orthodontic team is the health and correct function of your teeth. In order to understand how to clean and repair teeth, it is important to know all of the parts that make up each tooth. Today, in the Lynn Dental Care blog, our team breaks down the essential parts of the tooth and the importance of each element.
The crown is the top part of the tooth. Typically, the crown is the only part of the tooth that you can see (if you can see other parts of the tooth, chances are likely that you need to make a visit to Lynn Dental Care soon). The shape of the tooth’s crown determines that tooth’s primary function. Canine teeth have sharp points on the crown to help rip food, while the crown of a molar is flatter in order to grind food.
The root of the tooth is the part that is embedded in the jaw bone. The primary role of the root is to hold the tooth in place Generally, the root makes up about two-thirds of the tooth, and isn’t seen unless the tooth comes out of the jaw.
Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth. This layer is hard and made of calcium and other nutrients. While enamel can withstand repeated use and damage, without proper oral care it can be weakened and develop cavities. Regular brushing and plaque removal helps to keep the enamel strong.
Much like your skin has multiple layers, teeth do too! Dentin is the layer beneath the enamel. Dentin is not nearly as strong as enamel, but it acts as a support for the enamel. Many nerve endings are found in the dentin, so tooth pain is often a sign of damage to the dentin.
The substance at the center of the tooth is called the pulp. Pulp is a soft tissue that contains the blood vessels and lymph vessels for the tooth. All nourishment for the tooth comes through the pulp and is then distributed to the other parts of the tooth.
Cementum is a substance that covers the root of each tooth. It acts as a sort of adhesive and helps the root stay attached to the jawbone. A layer called the periodontal ligament sits between the cementum and the jaw bones to add another layer of cushion and make sure everything is connected securely.
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Your oral health is our number one priority at Lynn Dental Care. Our office offers general dentistry services, along with orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and more. For more information on the services we provide, contact the Lynn Dental Care office in Dallas, Texas, at 972-934-1400. We look forward to speaking with you!