Dental Anatomy 101

CWD EditorOral Health

Even though they are the hardest substance in the human body, your teeth need proper care if they are to stay strong. The tooth’s hard exterior protects a sensitive nerve-filled center that can be extremely painful if exposed. Before you visit Cottonwood Dental dentist for a routine cleaning or procedure, you will get more out of your time in the chair if you have a basic understanding of what makes up the human tooth. Here’s a look at tooth anatomy.

Each of your 32 teeth is made up of 3 basic components: the root, the neck, and the crown. The root goes below your gum line and progresses into the jaw. The neck connects the crown with the root.

The exterior of the tooth is a white, hard layer called enamel. It is made from a tough mineral called calcium carbonate.

Below the enamel is the dentin level. Dentin is a tissue filled with tiny tubes. If your dentin is damaged, you will feel pain when cold or warmth comes in contact with it.

The tooth’s interior is known as the pulp. It is the softest part of the tooth and is alive with nerves and blood vessels.

Now that you have a better idea of what your teeth are made of, why not have a dental professional give you a thorough examination and cleaning? Dentists recommend that patients come in at least twice a year for cleanings, so if you can’t remember the last time you came in, this would be an ideal time to book an appointment. For details or to arrange for your visit, please call Cottonwood Dental today.


About The Author

Dr. David Giaquinto, DDS

Dentist at Cottonwood Dental

Dentistry is a profession that requires many layers of knowledge and training. My background encompasses three post-grad degrees along with a command of aesthetics and precision. Both of those are necessary when creating the great results that we promise our patients. Being a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Marquette University School of Dentistry has provided me with a launching point for my practice at Cottonwood Dental. My ongoing research… [Read full bio]