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1 The Anatomy, Physiology and Morphology of Teeth
By Dr. Juliana Mathews

2 Tooth Anatomy The crown: consists of enamel, dentine and pulp
The root: has a root canal with blood vessels and nerves covered by cementum and held together by periodontal fibres embedded in the alveolar bone Enamel: white hard covering over the crown of the tooth no nerve or blood supply cannot heal or repair like bone or dentine Dentine: covered by enamel on the crown and cementum on the roots protects the pulp

3 Tooth Anatomy continued
Pulp: Consists of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue Found in pulp chamber and root canal Anastomoses between venules and arterioles Cementum: Covers the dentine of the root Attached to the periodontal ligament No nerve supply

4 Tooth Anatomy continued
Periodontium: Alveolar process: bony extensions of the maxilla and mandible that support teeth Cortical Plate: dense outer layer of bone covering the spongy (cancellous) bone Periodontal ligament : Periodontal fibres attach the roots to the alveolar bone has a nerve and blood supply provides an elastic cushion between the tooth and bone Gingiva: covers the teeth and the alveolar process

5 Dentine Enamel Dentinal Tubules Cementum Pulp Alveolar Process Cortical Plate Spongy Bone Periodontal Ligaments

6 Root Canal System Pulp chamber is found on the coronal part of the tooth Reduces in size with age due to secondary dentine due to physiological or pathological reasons Orifices to the root canal are found on the floor of the pulp chamber Canals taper towards the apex The narrowest part of the canal is found at the apical constriction, which opens out as the apical foramen and exists to one side i.e. 0.5mm-1mm from the anatomical apex New layers of cementum are constantly being laid down, therefore the centre of the foramina deviates from the apical centre Lateral canals can develop between the main body of the root canal and the periodontal ligament space Accessory canals can develop in the apical region forming the apical delta Lateral and Accessory canals develop due to a break in the “Hertwigs” epithelial root sheath or during the development, the sheath grows around the existing blood vessel Lateral canals can be impossible to instrument and can compromise obturation



9 Root canal system continued
Some roots can have more than one canal and they don’t always merge Single rooted teeth that have a single canal can end in a single foramen. Some have an apical delta and have a single canal but many exits Multi- rooted teeth commonly have multiple foramina and each root can have two or three canals. Some canals merge before their exit and some can leave the root independently Eg. Some maxillary second premolars can have two roots (usually are single rooted) or a single root with 2 canals Eg. The mesio-buccal root of the maxillary first molar can have two canals (usually one canal present)

10 The complexity of the root canal

11 Physiology of the Dental Pulp
Nerve fibres: consist of sensory (afferent) fibres, sympathetic fibres and parasympathetic fibres sensory fibres pass through the apical foramen and end at the peripheral pulp sensory nerve fibres originate from the trigeminal ganglion C –fibres: Unmyelinated, high threshold fibres responding to mechanical, thermal or chemical stimulation Dull, poor localized pain A- delta fibres: myelinated, low threshold mechano- receptors sharp localized pain A-beta fibres

12 Pain Inflammation of pulp develops:
Increased pulpal pressure against the sensory nerve endings Sensitized nerves release neuropeptides and cause inflammation= Neurogenic inflammation A-delta fibres respond to hydrodynamic stimuli C-fibres respond to the inflammatory mediators Pheripheral sensory nerves produce pain = hyperalgesia Peripheral sensory nerves sprout/branch in the inflammed area but disappear as the inflammation subside Central sensitization occurs when there is a flow of continuous pain impulses which can occur in acute and chronic states

13 The Innervation of Teeth
Trigeminal Nerve: (CN V) Three sensory branches Opthalmic branch supplies the orbit and forehead Maxillary branch supplies the maxillary sinus and upper jaw teeth Mandibular branch supplies the tongue and the lower jaw teeth Facial Nerve: (CN VII) Motor and sensory branches Innervates muscles of facial expression taste buds of the anterior 2/3 of the tongue salivary glands

14 Innervation of Teeth continued
Maxillary Teeth: Anterior superior alveolar nerve: upper incisors and canines (CNV2) Middle superior alveolar nerve: upper premolars and the mesio-buccal root of the maxillary first molar (CNV2) Posterior superior alveolar nerve: upper molars except the mesio-buccal root of the maxillary first molar (CNV2) Mandibular Teeth: Inferior alveolar nerve: mandibular teeth, gingiva and lower lip unilaterally (CNV3) Lingual nerve: anterior 2/3 of tongue and mucosa of the floor of the mouth (CNV3) Buccal nerve: gingiva on the buccal side of posterior teeth (CNV3)

15 The Branches of the Trigeminal Nerve
Please note that these nerves innervate other structures. Look over the facial nerve and mandibular nerves and its different innervations

16 Blood supply Maxillary teeth: Mandibular teeth:
Superior alveolar artery: anterior, middle and posterior branch (Maxillary Artery) Mandibular teeth: Inferior alveolar artery (Maxillary Artery) Look at the blood supply to the face

17 Tooth Morphology Please look the additional notes for this section


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