TITLE

Quantification of Free Water in Human Dental Enamel

AUTHOR(S)
BONTE, E.; DESCHAMPS, N.; GOLDBERG, M.; VERNOIS, V.
PUB. DATE
May 1988
SOURCE
Journal of Dental Research;May1988, Vol. 67 Issue 5, p880
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The amount of free water in 50 samples of air-dried enamel from permanent and deciduous teeth was measured by the Karl Fischer method. Samples included both contemporary and burial specimens. The mean values obtained showed that free water constituted about 1% of enamel mass. However, the range of individual values varied considerably, from 0.56 to 1.48%. The proportion of free water did not seem to depend on the patient's age, the type of tooth, or the relationship between the tooth and its oral environment. On the other hand, the deciduous enamel tested displayed a mean free water content that was three times the mean for the permanent teeth (3. 01 vs. 1.00%o) and the five burial teeth, a mean content of 1. 68%.
ACCESSION #
36558221

 

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