Periodontal ligament fibres, SEM

Periodontal ligament fibres, SEM

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Caption: Periodontal ligament fibres. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of periodontal ligament fibres (red). These fibres, a specialised type of connective tissue, anchor the roots of the teeth to the jaw bone. The enamel, the hard outer covering of a tooth, does not contain any sensory cells, instead the periodontal ligaments do this job. The fibres contain sensors for tension, pressure, temperature and pain. They also help to provide a cushion around the teeth that prevents compression, for example from chewing, from damaging the bone.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, biological, biology, collagen, coloured, connective tissue, dental, false-coloured, fibre, fibres, human body, images, ligament, magnified image, microscopic subjects, mouth, periodentium, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, sensory, tooth

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