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Tooth structure studied using the atomic force microscope
Author(s): Sandor Kasas; Ariane Berdal; Marco R. Celio
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Paper Abstract

We used the atomic force microscope (AFM) to observe structure of the tooth, both rat and human. The rigidity and the surface flatness of thin sections of this mineralized tissue, allow us to attain good resolution with the AFM. As enamel contains uniquely large crystals of hydroxyapatite it can be investigated at high resolution. Tooth enamel and thin slices of undecalcified developing tooth germs from 2 - 12 day old rats were observed, embedded in acrylic resin (Lowicryl K4M). In addition, as orthophosphoric acid is widely used clinically to etch tooth enamel before restoring with composites, we studied its action at pH2 on the tooth surface during 1 hour of exposition. Hydroxyapatite crystals and collagen fibers were seen in the tooth slices observed in air, and the classical structure of the enamel was visible. The etched enamel surface under liquid, showed dramatic differences to that imaged in air. Modifications to the surface were also seen during exposure to the acid.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1855, Scanning Probe Microscopies II, (4 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146381
Show Author Affiliations
Sandor Kasas, Univ. de Fribourg (Switzerland)
Ariane Berdal, Hopital Robert Debre (France)
Marco R. Celio, Univ. de Fribourg (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1855:
Scanning Probe Microscopies II
Clayton C. Williams, Editor(s)

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