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The different parts of your teeth have their own unique differences that allow for each tooth to function and act as a tool for your mouth. They allow you to eat as well as speak properly, so it’s important to understand what they are made of and deciding today to properly take care of them (this includes a biannual exam to your dentist, brushing twice, and flossing daily). Each tooth in your mouth is composed of the following “ingredients”:

– Enamel is the calcified tissue covering dentin in the crown of your tooth, and since it doesn’t contain living cells, tooth enamel cannot be repair itself after damage. This usually occurs from decay or wear. Your dentist can fix it with treatment if tended to early enough.

– Dentin is the part of the tooth beneath your tooth’s enamel, containing microscopic tubules. When dentin loses its protective covering (enamel), the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth, causing sensitivity and possible infections.

– The crown is the top, visible part of your tooth. It is normally covered by enamel.

– Roots are the part of the tooth embedded in bone. The roots make up most of the tooth, holding it in place.

– The neck of the tooth is the connecting part between the crown and the root.

– Gums are soft tissues covering and protecting the roots of your teeth. They cover teeth that have not yet erupted and are also known as gingiva.

Visit Barras Family Dentistry to get the best dental care for you and your smile. Call us at (337) 443-4912 here in in Lafayette, Louisiana, to set up a time to meet today!