Structure Of The Human Tooth

3d render of a tooth

Your teeth are an integral component to your daily living. However, most people are unaware of what’s underneath and inside their teeth and gums. Your teeth and gums are much more intricate than they appear on the outside. Below you will find information on the structure of the human tooth and the importance of keeping your teeth healthy.

Structure of the Human Tooth

Most adults have 32 teeth by the time they turn 13. This does not include the wisdom teeth. It does include 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, 8 molars, and 4 wisdom teeth. While each of these types of teeth may look different on the outside, their structure is the same. Below you will find the three layers that make up your entire tooth.

  • Enamel: This is the outermost layer of your tooth, and what you see when you look in the mirror. The enamel is hard, white, and made of calcium-phosphate. It protects the innermost portions of your tooth from harmful bacteria.
  • Dentin: The dentin is the middle layer of your teeth and found just under the enamel. It is a hard tissue that contains tiny tubes.
  • Pulp: The pulp of your teeth is the innermost layer and is much softer than the other two parts of your teeth. It contains blood vessels and nerves and is the living inner structure of your teeth. There is both a pulp cavity and a root canal. The pulp cavity is found at the top, and the canals are vertical, thin spaces where the blood vessels and nerves are found.

The Impact of Tooth Conditions

Harmful bacteria can be found in your mouth and can damage your teeth if you do not have a healthy oral care routine. This can negatively impact your tooth’s structure. Harmful bacteria can cause tooth decay which can penetrate your tooth’s enamel. If left untreated, tooth decay can penetrate your dentin and cause issues with your tooth’s pulp. If the pulp is infected, it can be highly dangerous for your overall health and cause a variety of dental issues. Treating tooth decay as early as possible can save your natural tooth and preserve your tooth’s structure. Without early intervention, tooth decay can lead to the need for a root canal.

Root Canal Treatment

People often fear a root canal, but the procedure is highly common, effective, and can save your natural tooth. Due to the advancements in the field of dentistry, the procedure is often painless, fast, and requires little downtime. Before the procedure, the dentist will take an X-ray of the tooth so they can get a better look at the issue. A rubber dam is placed inside your mouth so it remains dry.

The dentist will then drill a small hole into the pulp chamber of your tooth. The pulp chamber will be fully cleaned and disinfected to ensure all of the harmful bacteria is removed. The tooth will be dried, sealed up, and a temporary or permanent filling is used to restore the natural tooth. Root canal treatment in Diamond Bar can not only save your natural tooth, but also improve your oral health.

Diamond Bar Dental Studio

If you haven’t been to the dentist within the last six months, it’s time to make an appointment. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for a checkup. This should be done in addition to a consistent daily oral care routine. Taking care of your daily oral health and visiting the dentist regularly can ensure that any signs of tooth decay are caught before they can cause serious damage to your teeth. Contact Diamond Bar Dental Studio today for an appointment!

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Saturday Closed
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