Tooth Anatomy

Jan 3 • 1 minute read

Tooth development begins in the embryonic stage.  The main components of a tooth are:

  • Enamel: outer layer of the tooth compromised of minerals that serves as a protective layer
  • Dentin: beneath the enamel, contributes to strength and helps transmit sensory information  
  • Cementum: outer layer of tooth root
  • Pulp: inner part that houses nerves and blood vessels, provides nutrients

The gingiva (gums) is the soft tissue surrounding the teeth.  It serves as a protective barrier and provides support to the teeth. 

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