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Teeth vs. Bones: What's the Difference?

Posted on 5/27/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A man covering his mouth because he cracked his tooth!Your teeth are white, hard, and durable, so it is no surprise that some people think that they are bones. This actually isn't true, although there are a variety of similarities between the two.

While the teeth are technically part of your skeletal structure, they differ from your bone in three big ways.

The Teeth Are More Resilient

The teeth and bones both contain minerals to make them strong, especially phosphate and calcium, both of which are needed to make them strong and able to withstand considerable amounts of pressure.

The bones are consistently supporting your body weight, while the teeth will need to sustain the force of chewing and biting. However, the proteins that create the tooth enamel are much longer than those in the bones, making them much more resilient.

They're Made from Different Material
The teeth are made out of several layers, including the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The pulp also contains a mass of blood vessels and nerves that connect to the root, which then extends into the jaw bone.

While bone is also a living substance, they also tend to be flexible due to the collagen they contain. Bones also aren't exposed, so they don't require the protective layer that your teeth need in order to stay safe.

The Teeth Don't Regenerate

If you have ever broken a bone, you likely had a cast on for six weeks to stabilize it while it healed itself. Unfortunately, damage to a tooth can't heal itself or grow back any part that has been lost, and this is the reason that so many people need dental work when they experience an injury.

If you suffered a dental problem in which a tooth is cracked, broken, or chipped, some type of restoration will be needed to prevent further damage.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your teeth.
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