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What does a tooth look like?

May 8, 2008

Teeth have two parts:

  • The crown is the part of the tooth we can see in our mouths.
  • The root of the tooth is ‘planted’ into the jawbone to keep the tooth steady while it is doing its job.

Teeth have three layers:

  • Enamel, a hard protective outer layer covering the crown of the tooth.
  • Dentine, a second protective layer covering the nerve of the tooth.
  • Pulp (also called the nerve), the soft middle of the tooth that has a blood supply and nerve endings.
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