ARE TEETH CONSIDERED BONE?
Teeth are strong and white, just like bones. They also store calcium, just like bones. Due to these similarities, you may be wondering: Are teeth considered bones?
WHAT ARE TEETH MADE OF?
While your teeth contain the hardest substance in the human body – enamel – they are not considered bone. Tooth enamel is made up of calcium, phosphorous and other minerals. It is harder than bone, but does not contain living tissue. Dentin is the tissue underneath your enamel. This bone-like tissue makes up most of your teeth’s structure, and it’s very susceptible to the bacteria that cause tooth sensitivity and cavities. The soft core of your tooth is called the pulp. The pulp is a living tissue that contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
Bones are made of living tissues; mostly protein collagen, so throughout your life, they are constantly remodeled. Old bone tissue is broken down and removed, and new tissue is created to replace the old. This is the cycle that keeps your bones healthy and strong.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
A major difference between teeth and bones is that when you break a bone, your body begins the healing process right away and that bone can repair itself; however, when you break a tooth, that tooth does not have the ability to heal itself. That is where we come into play. Chipped or cracked enamel will remain chipped or cracked until you get to the dentist for repairs. If you develop a cavity, your tooth can’t grow new enamel to fill in the decayed area; you need a dentist to treat it properly.
PROTECT YOUR TEETH
Since your teeth don’t regenerate, it’s very important to protect them. Fortunately, maintaining a great oral hygiene routine can help keep your enamel in tip-top shape.
It’s vital to control the bacteria that cause cavities. Remember to brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day, too. Come see us regularly so that if you do develop a cavity, or any other issues develop, they can be addressed promptly, before the situation worsens.
So, are teeth considered bone? The answer is no. While teeth and bones may look similar, they are very different.