What are the parts of a tooth?
Teeth are a vital part of the human body. On average, adults have 32 teeth, including 4 wisdom teeth, and children have 20 teeth. They help with biting, chewing, and digesting food. Teeth also help with word pronunciation.
Teeth are made of different parts. Each part plays an important role.
The main parts of teeth are:
- Nerves and blood vessels
The crown is the top part of the tooth. Teeth have different shaped crowns, which enable them to carry out different functions.
The neck is located between the crown and the root.
The root is the part of the tooth that holds it in place as it extends into the bone.
The enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth.
The dentin is the layer beneath the enamel. It makes up the majority of the tooth structure.
The pulp is the soft tissue consisting of the nerves and blood vessels. It is found in the center of the tooth.