The Enamel Microstructures of Bovine Mandibular Incisors

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  • Chaoyang Wang,

    1. The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
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  • Yining Li,

    1. The Department of Pathology, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
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  • Xiaomiao Wang,

    1. The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
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  • Ling Zhang,

    1. The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
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  • Tiantang,

    1. The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
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  • Baiping Fu

    Corresponding author
    1. The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China
    • The Department of Prosthodontics, The Hospital of Stomatology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 310006, PR China. Tel/Fax: 0086-571-87217427
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Abstract

Bovine teeth have been considered as an excellent substitute for human teeth for dental research, however, the enamel microstructures of bovine incisors that include arrangements of prisms and interprisms, and their spatial relationships have not been well described. The aim of this study was to investigate the detail enamel microstructures of bovine incisors. Eight bovine mandibular incisors were cut into 77 pieces at eight equal intervals either in the longitudinal direction or in the horizontal direction before each piece had been tangentially cut (parallel to enamel–dentin junction) through the middle of the enamel thickness. All the sectioned surfaces were treated 1 M HCl for 10 sec to expose the prisms and interprisms before observation by scanning electron microscopy. The parallel enamel prisms were located in all the outer enamel, the cervical region and the incisal ridge of the bovine incisors. Most labial inner enamel and the cingulum of lingual inner enamel were composed of the Hunter–Schreger bands with the characteristics of decussating groups of prisms and decussating planes between interprisms and prisms. The interprisms were thicker in the inner enamel than in the outer enamel. Anat Rec, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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