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The function of the periodontal ligament is what?
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In brief: Has several
There are several purposes.
The primary purpose is to attach the teeth to the bone in a manner that enables them to move - absorb some pressure/force without breaking. They also enable teeth to move - with braces. They also contain stem cells that can be recruited to enable bone/tooth to be repaired/rebuilt.

In brief: Has several
There are several purposes.
The primary purpose is to attach the teeth to the bone in a manner that enables them to move - absorb some pressure/force without breaking. They also enable teeth to move - with braces. They also contain stem cells that can be recruited to enable bone/tooth to be repaired/rebuilt.
Dr. David Schneider
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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry
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In brief: Shock absorbers
Teeth are not really held in bone or attached to bone.
They are held in place by periodontal ligaments. So really the tooth is suspended inside a bony socket. As tartar builds up or gums and bone receed....The periodontal ligaments disappear too. Earl.

In brief: Shock absorbers
Teeth are not really held in bone or attached to bone.
They are held in place by periodontal ligaments. So really the tooth is suspended inside a bony socket. As tartar builds up or gums and bone receed....The periodontal ligaments disappear too. Earl.
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