Spring is almost here which has us thinking about flowers. Like flowers, teeth have roots! Like the roots of a flower, the roots of teeth help bring life and health to our teeth. Incisors, canines, and premolars have one root. Molars have two or three.
The roots of our teeth go below the gum line and connect our teeth to our jaw bones. The part of the tooth that divides the area of the tooth we can see and the part we can’t is called the neck.
Like enamel covers the visible part of our teeth, cementum covers the root of our teeth. Cementum is as hard bone, but not as hard as enamel. Enamel is the hardest part of our body!
The root canal (also called the pulp canal) is the open space inside the root where the pulp extends from the pulp chamber. Blood vessels and nerves from surrounding outside tissue enter the pulp through the root canal. Root canals are one of the most dreaded dental procedures and are needed when decay reaches the pulp area of our tooth. Root canal "specialists" are called Endodontists.
This is why visiting our office every six months is so important. It allows us to identify decay and remedy the situation before a more advanced procedure is needed. Brushing and flossing to remove bacteria on the surfaces of our teeth and the spaces between our teeth, are also so important to preventing issues with the roots of our teeth.
The periodontal ligament surrounds the roots of our teeth and connects them to our jaw bones.
At the very bottom of our tooth is a tiny opening called the Apical Foramen where a nerve, a vein, and an artery go through to connect our teeth to our circulatory system.
If it has been more than six months since your last visit, give us a call so that we can spring clean your smile!