The alveolar bone is a mineralized tissue contained in the jaw in which teeth are embedded. It is attached to the cementum of a root of a tooth with the periodontal ligament.

Alveolar bone within a tooth

Throughout life, alveolar bone is modified like all other bone. Osteoblasts are cells that create new bone, and osteoclasts are cells that destroy it when force is applied on a tooth.


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The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

Category: dental anatomy