Courtesy of County Dental
perhaps the part of the tooth with which we are the most
familiar, the enamel is the hard covering of the tooth
above the gum line (the crown) and acts as the
protective shield of the tooth, protecting it from
Dentin- a substance which is similar to bone in composition but is not as hard a substance as the enamel.
Root of the Tooth- the portion of the tooth which lies below the gum line.
Pulp Chamber- the chamber within the tooth which contains the soft tissue (the pulp) as well as the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth.
Root Canals- two branches off of the pulp chamber within the tooth which lead down to the ends of the roots of the tooth and to the jaw bone. Nerves and veins are contained in these pathways as well.
Root End Opening- openings in the ends of each root of a tooth through which the nerves and veins of the tooth exit the tooth, enter the bone of the jaw, and thereby connect to the rest of the nervous system.