The roots of a tooth, which extend below the gum line and anchor a tooth into the jawbone, have nerves and blood vessels that carry nutrients to the core (pulp) of the tooth. The roots are covered by cementum, a solid, tough tissue that helps keep the tooth firmly in its socket.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||August 5, 2011|
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