Characteristics of methylcellulose acid gel lesions created in human and bovine enamel

F. Lippert, A. Butler, R. J.M. Lynch

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Acid gel caries lesions were created in 3,100 human and bovine enamel specimens and studied with transverse microradiography. Small, significant differences were found. Human enamel lesions were found to be less demineralized, shallower, had a higher ratio of integrated mineral loss (ΔZ) to lesion depth (L), a lower degree of surface zone mineralization (SZmax) and showed less variability than those in bovine enamel. SZmax showed the highest variability. Between tissues, L differed the most, ΔZ the least. Biological variation within bovine enamel is perhaps not only bigger than previously assumed, it may also overshadow any structural and chemical differences between tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-55
Number of pages6
JournalCaries research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Bovine enamel
  • Demineralization
  • Enamel
  • Human enamel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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