cementum, Orangutan


The curious combination of the contrasting hardest and softest tissues in the human body incorporated into teeth requires introspection. The vastly varying modalities of different tissue types, from soft dental pulp and periodontal ligament through cementum into dentine and enamel incorporated in human teeth is astonishing. The durability of human dentitions correlates with their longevity. Moreover, teeth are the longest lasting organs after death, defying postmortem decay, yet contrastingly so susceptible to caries during life. The complex morphology of teeth reveals an historical background of food acquisition from palaeontological
evidence.1 The amount of detailed historical information that can be gleaned from a meticulous examination of teeth is incomparable. The molecular mechanisms of dental enamel formation are reveale


Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...


Deakin WJ, Anderson PSL, DenBoer W, et al. Increasing morphological disparity and decreasing optimality for jaw speed and strength during the radiation of jawed vertebrates. Sci Adv 2022; 8(11):eab/sciadv.ap13644.

Simmer JP, Fincham AG. Molecular mechanisms of dental enamel formation. Crit Rev Oral Biol & Med. 1995; 6(2):84-108.

Simmer JP, Hu JC. Dental enamel formation and its impact on clinical dentistry. J Dent Educ. 2001; 65(9):896-905.

Aris C. Enamel growth variation of inner, mid and outer enamel regions between select permanent tooth types across temporarily distinct British populations. Arch Oral Biol 2022; 137:105394.

Soldani P, Amaral CM, Rodrigues JA. Microhardness evaluation of in situ vital bleaching agents on human dental enamel. Int J. Periodont Restor Dent 2010; 30(2):203-11.

Smith T.M. Dental development in living and fossil orangutans. J. Hum Evol 2016; 94: 95-102.

Smith T.M. Enamel thickness trends in the dental arcade of humans and c




How to Cite

Sperber, G. . (2022). Odontography. South African Dental Journal, 77(04), 190. Retrieved from https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/sadj/article/view/14074