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Get To Know Your Teeth Marietta, GA

Get To Know Your Teeth

You may not think much about your teeth until they emit pain or look bad. However, a true understanding of your teeth anatomy can provide key insight in helping you care for them. Your teeth are more than meets the eye. They extend far below the gumline and have intricate interior components that deserve to be understood.

At your dental visit, you may hear the following terms; these are the main components of a tooth:

Gumline: The area where the gums meet the teeth. The gumline is a prime place for plaque buildup if you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly.

Enamel: This outermost layer of the tooth. The enamel is the hardest substance in your entire body, however, this protective covering can erode and become damaged without proper care.

Crown: This is the top portion of the tooth. The crown of a tooth varies in shape depending on the tooth’s function (molars, canines, etc).

Dentin: This inner layer that lies just beneath the enamel. Dentin is composed of living cells and important minerals. It also has a more yellow hue compared to enamel.

Pulp: The central area of the tooth that houses the nerves and blood vessels, which keeps your tooth alive. Damage or infection in the tooth pulp can be very uncomfortable.

Root: This part of your tooth that is embedded in your jawbone to anchor the tooth in position. While you can’t see it, your tooth root represents over half of your tooth.

While not all of your teeth have the same size and shape, all 32 of your teeth have these primary components. The differences in size and shape between your teeth are due to the unique functional role they provide. Incisors, canines and molars help you chew and digest food in a specific way.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we love educating our patients about their smile. After all, your teeth are one of the most important parts of your body, in terms of health and aesthetics!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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