Knowing the PARTS OF YOUR TOOTH will help you understand better how to care for your teeth and help those in your family too!
The part of your tooth that you see is Enamel. Enamel is the strong outer layer and is actually the hardest
substance in your body. WOW! What a crazy thought! The Enamel protects the rest of your tooth. This is why you definitely don’t want it to be damaged – like yucky cavities.
Dentin is the next section inside your tooth, a bone-like layer that contains some of your tooth’s nerves. Good thing your tooth can’t have a nervous breakdown!
The innermost section of your tooth is its Pulp – not like the stringy weird stuff in orange juice. Pulp contains various blood vessels, white blood cells, and nerves. If decay or disease causes your Pulp to become infected or inflamed (bummer), you’ll need Root Canal therapy to remove it.
Root Canal therapy consists of opening the tooth, removing the diseased or dead pulp tissue, cleaning, sterilizing, filling and then sealing the root canals. Root Canal therapy is like taking the wick out of a candle. The tooth remains very much alive after endodontic therapy, because its living root surfaces are nourished by the adjacent tissues of the gums and jaw. Only the interior of the tooth loses living tissue with Root Canal treatment.
So that is our quick and clean description of “What Is Inside Your Tooth”!