The periodontal ligament is a layer of fibrous tissue arranged in groups of collagen fibres which support the root of a tooth by attaching the cementum to the alveolar bone. The fibres are mixed with blood vessels and nerves.
The fibres within the ligament can release and re-attach to the root to allow the tooth to move when it erupts, or to be repositioned when it is being moved by an orthodontic appliance.
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The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.