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Three dimensional mapping of texture in dental enamel

Al-Jawad, M, Simmons, LM, Steuwer, A, Kilcoyne, SH, Shore, RC, Cywinski, R and Wood, DJ 2008, 'Three dimensional mapping of texture in dental enamel' , Key Engineering Materials, 361 , pp. 877-880.

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Abstract

We have used synchrotron x-ray diffraction to study the crystal orientation in human dental enamel as a function of position within intact tooth sections. Keeping tooth sections intact has allowed us to construct 2D and 3D spatial distribution maps of the magnitude and orientation of texture in dental enamel. We have found that the enamel crystallites are most highly aligned at the expected occlusal points for a maxillary first premolar, and that the texture direction varies spatially in a three dimensional curling arrangement. Our results provide a model for texture in enamel which can aid researchers in developing dental composite materials for fillings and crowns with optimal characteristics for longevity, and will guide clinicians to the best method for drilling into enamel, in order to minimize weakening of remaining tooth structure, during dental restoration procedures.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > Q Science (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Key Engineering Materials
Publisher: Trans Tech Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1013-9826
Depositing User: SH Kilcoyne
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 12:49
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:28
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URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/10469

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