Short Communication - (2022) Volume 12, Issue 2

Short Note on Tooth Enamel and its Importance
Steve Murphy*
Department of Dentistry, Shree Krishna Hospital, Gujarat, India
*Correspondence: Steve Murphy, Department of Dentistry, Shree Krishna Hospital, Gujarat, India, Email:

Received: 04-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. DCR-22-16116; Editor assigned: 07-Feb-2022, Pre QC No. DCR-22-16116 (PQ); Reviewed: 21-Feb-2022, QC No. DCR-22-16116; Revised: 24-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. DCR-22-16116 (R); Published: 03-Mar-2022, DOI: 10.35248/ 2161-1122.22.12.565


The tooth enamel is one among the four major tissues that frame the teeth of the many other animals, including some species of humans and fish. It forms the normally visible a part of the tooth and covers the crown other major tissues are dentin, cementum and pulp. It’s a really hard, white to off-white, highly mineralized substance that acts as a protective barrier to teeth, but may be prone to deterioration, especially by acids from foods and drinks. Calcium hardens solid body substance in rare cases, enamel isn't formed and therefore the underlying dentin remains exposed on the surface.

Solid body substance is that the hardest substance within the organic structure, with the best proportion of minerals (96%), the remainder consisting of water and organic matter. The most mineral is hydroxyapatite, which is crystalline inorganic phosphate enamel is created on the teeth as they develop within the jawbone before they erupt into the mouth. When fully formed, enamel doesn't contain blood vessels or nerves and isn't composed of cells [1]. Tooth remineralisation can repair tooth damage, but further damage cannot be repaired by the body. Preservation and restoration of human solid body substance is one in every of the most concerns of dentistry.

For humans, the thickness of the enamel varies across the tooth surface, often with the thickest tip, up to 2.5 mm, and therefore the thinnest Cementum Enamel Joint (CEJ) with cementum become the standard colors of solid body substance range from bright yellow to grayish (bluish) white. At the sides of teeth without dentin underneath the enamel, the colour is also slightly bluish or translucent off-white shades [2]. This could be easily observed with the maxillary lateral incisors because enamel is translucent, the colour of dentin and every one the fabric underneath the enamel contains a significant effect on the looks of the teeth. Milk tooth enamel includes a more opaque crystalline form and thus appears whiter than tooth enamel. The massive amount of minerals contained in enamel isn't only the reason behind its strength, but also its brittleness [3].

Solid body substance ranks fifth on the Mohs hardness scale between steel and titanium with a modulus of elasticity of 83 GPA. Dentin is a smaller amount mineralized, not brittle, features a hardness of 3-4, and is required to supplement and support enamel. 7 X-rays may show differences within the mineralization of various parts of the tooth and therefore the surrounding periodontal tissue. Enamel looks lighter than dentin and pulp. This can be because enamel is denser and more radio permeable than both. Enamel doesn't contain collagen, as found in other hard tissues like dentin and bone, but it does contain two unique classes of proteins: amelogenins and enamelins. While the role of those proteins isn't fully understood, it's believed that they aid within the development of enamel by serving as a framework for minerals to make on, among other functions [4].

Once it's mature, enamel is nearly totally without the softer organic matter. Enamel is avascular and has no nerve supply within it and isn't renewed, however, it's not a static tissue because it can undergo mineralization changes. The fundamental unit of enamel is named an enamel rod. Measuring 4–8 μ m in diameter, an enamel rod, formally called an enamel prism, could be a tightly packed mass of hydroxyapatite crystallites in an organized pattern. In cross section, its best compared to a keyhole, with the highest, or head, oriented toward the crown of the tooth, and also the bottom, or tail, oriented toward the foundation of the tooth [5].


The arrangement of the crystallites within each enamel rod is very complex. Both ameloblasts the cells which initiate enamel formation and Tomes` processes affect the crystallites' pattern. Enamel crystallites within the head of the enamel rod are oriented parallel to the long axis of the rod. When found within the tail of the enamel rod, the crystallites' orientation diverges slightly (65 degrees) from the long axis the position of the flexible rods is simpler to know than the interior structure. The enamel rods are arranged in rows along the teeth, and within each row, the long axis of the enamel rods is usually perpendicular to the underlying dentin. In permanent teeth, near the Cementum Enamel Junction (CEJ), the enamel rods are slightly tilted towards the foundation. Understanding the orientation of enamel is incredibly important in restorative dentistry, as enamel is vulnerable to fracture without support from the underlying dentin.


Citation: Murphy S (2022) Short Note on Tooth Enamel and its Importance. J Dentistry. 12:565.

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