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Dentine and cementum structure and properties


Le Cabec,  Adeline       
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Tang, N., Le Cabec, A., & Antoine, D. (2015). Dentine and cementum structure and properties. In J. D. Irish, & G. R. Scott (Eds.), A companion to dental anthropology (pp. 204-222). Wiley.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002C-2300-C
This chapter reviews the key properties, structure, and function of two dental tissues, dentine and cementum. These two tissues are unique in that, unlike enamel, they continue to model after the tooth has erupted. The structures of dentine and cementum reveal valuable anthropological information, such as the way in which individuals used their teeth, their exposure to environmental toxins, and how old they were when they died.