What is a Dental Tooth Neck?

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Tooth neck is a clinical term that describes the enamel/tooth cement merger.

A tooth is made up of enamel, which covers the tooth crown. The dentine is located below the crowns. In the root area, the enamel merges into root cement. The merger between enamel and root cement is not always 100% homogenous; dentine islands are repeatedly exposed. Dentine is the part of the tooth that is permeated with nerves and is sensitive or irritable.

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Nevertheless, exposed dentine in the tooth neck area does not automatically result in a toothache. Often times, the dentine islands are hidden from the gums and/or bones and, thus, protected from the oral environment. Regardless, there are still numerous ways in which the tooth neck can cause pain. There will be more about that in the video entitled "Toothache".

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