Slanted Orientations of Dentine Tubules on Remineralized Dentine Surfaces

J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2010 May;21(5):1473-8. doi: 10.1007/s10856-010-4027-3. Epub 2010 Feb 17.


Dentine carious lesions can be remineralized under optimal conditions, while the surface characteristics of the caries-attacked area may play an important role in the remineralization process. To understand such a surface mechanism, we examined the microstructures of the remineralized area pretreated with different methods. It was found that dentinal tubules on the remineralized surface orientated differently from intrinsic dentine tubules, with the specific alignment angle determined by different surface treatments. Various surface treatments included in this study were 37% phosphoric acid treatment (the etched group), 37% phosphoric acid etching followed by the application of 10% sodium hypochlorite treatment (the deproteinized group), and untreatment (the control group). These findings are helpful for understanding the non-restorative repair of dentine lesions and the remineralization process of the caries-affected dentin surface.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dental Caries / pathology*
  • Dental Caries / therapy*
  • Dentin / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Phosphoric Acids / chemistry*
  • Sodium Hypochlorite / pharmacology


  • Phosphoric Acids
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • phosphoric acid