It was a cause to celebrate if you lost one when you were little. Now you know to take care of them daily through brushing and flossing. But what is a tooth, exactly? What is it made out of and to what purpose?

In today’s blog we take a look inside your mouth to find out what makes those 32 teeth so special.

Enamel: This is the shiny white outer surface that covers the tooth. Enamel protects your teeth from the daily wear of biting, chewing and crunching. It also acts as insulation against hot and cold temperatures. Although incredibly tough, it is susceptible to decay, cracks and chips and might need to be fortified by a crown (a “cap”).

Dentin: This is a layer of hard yet porous tissue that’s just under the enamel. Dentin contains millions of tiny tubules that lead to the dental pulp. If you have a sensitive spot on a tooth, it’s because the enamel has eroded away and exposed the pulp by way of the dentin.

Pulp: Dental pulp is the soft, innermost layer of the tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels that provide the tooth with nutrition.

If a cavity progress unchecked, it can lead to a severe and painful infection within the pulp of a tooth. A root canal procedure is then performed to remove the infected tissue and seal the chamber from further damage. A root canal can save you from having to get the diseased tooth extracted.

At A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, we believe your teeth are wonderfully designed and deserve the very best care. Contact our Sugar Land office to schedule your appointment with us today.