|Bone: Alveolar process|
|Left maxilla. Outer surface. (Alveolar process visible at bottom.)|
|Cartilages of the nose, seen from below. (Alveolar process of maxilla visible at bottom.|
|Gray's||subject #38 161|
The alveolar process (//) (alveolar bone) is the thickened ridge of bone that contains the tooth sockets on bones that bear teeth. In humans, the tooth-bearing bones are the maxilla and the mandible. The mineral content of alveolar bone is mostly hydroxyapatite, which is also found in enamel as the main inorganic substance.
The alveolar process contains a region of compact bone adjacent to the periodontal ligament called lamina dura. It is this part which is attached to the cementum of the roots by the periodontal ligament.
The buccinator muscle attaches to the alveolar processes of both the maxilla and mandible.
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See also 
- Cate, A.R. Ten. Oral Histology: development, structure, and function. 5th ed. 1998. ISBN 0-8151-2952-1.
- Gray, Henry. Anatomy of the Human Body. (1918). ISBN 1-58734-102-6
- "Process, alveolar." Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th ed. (2000). ISBN 0-683-40007-X
- alveolar+process at eMedicine Dictionary
- Photo of model at Waynesburg College skeleton/alveolarprocess
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 34256.000-1
- Diagram at case.edu