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J Biomed Mater Res A. 2003 Feb 1;64(2):372-7.

Optical spectroscopy and imaging of the dentin-enamel junction in human third molars.

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Bioengineering Graduate Group, University of California at San Francisco/University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco/Berkeley, California, USA.


A 351-nm laser excitation source was used to perform autofluorescence microscopy of dentin, enamel, and the dentin-enamel junction (DEJ) to obtain information regarding their morphology and spectral characteristics. The emission spectra of these calcified dental tissues were different from one another, and this enabled the DEJ to be imaged and dimensionalized. The DEJ displayed sharp and clearly delineated borders at both its enamel and dentin margins. The dentinal tubules and the enamel prisms appeared to terminate abruptly at the DEJ. The median DEJ width was 10 microm, ranging from 7 to 15 microm, and it did not appear to depend on intratooth position.

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