Understanding Your Teeth: A Look at Tooth Anatomy

The 21 st century marks an important point in history during which more and more men and women (and children to boot) are paying more attention to their personal dental care. You may be a person who actually has come to understand the importance of regular and appropriate dental care or oral hygiene.


In this regard, as you develop your own plan of dental care and oral hygiene, you may have questions about the anatomy of your teeth. Through this brief article, you will be provided with some very basic information about tooth anatomy.


Naturally, if after reading this article you have more questions about tooth anatomy, you should contact your dentist. In addition, nothing in this article should be construed as taking the place of an appropriate face to face consultation with your dentist. Nothing -- nothing -- can take the place of a regular dental consultation.

What are the Essential Elements of a Tooth:

The essential elements of a tooth (which will be considered in greater detail in a moment) are:

  1. Crown
  2. Enamel
  3. Dentin
  4. Tubules
  5. Pulp


The crown is the part of the tooth that most people think of when they do think of a tooth. The crown is the part of a tooth that is covered by enamel. The crown is what a person uses to eat and is what helps form a person's mouth.



The enamel of the tooth is the substance that covers the crown. Enamel is very hard and very resistant to damage. A dentist might explain to you that the enamel is the shield that protects the crown, that protects that portion of the tooth that is exposed in a person's mouth.


While the crown and enamel are apparent in a person's mouth, dentin is not. Indeed, chances are that unless you have done some study or had a pretty thorough meeting with your dentist, you may not have any idea what dentin is. Dentin is the hard, bone-like material that lies underneath the enamel of a tooth. Dentin is yellowish in color. Dentin surrounds the entire nerve of the tooth.


If you have not heard of dentin, chances are even greater that you have not heard of tubules. Tubules are what the name suggests: tubes that run up and down through the entire length of the dentin.


Pulp is the term that is applied to the nerve of the tooth itself. The pulp is what is dealt with when a dentist is engaged for a root canal procedure.


By having a basic understanding of the anatomy of a tooth, you will have a better idea of how complicated a tooth really is. Understanding the complicated workings of a tooth, you may be more inclined to take better care of each of your teeth.




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