Scanning Microscopy


The aim of this study was to investigate whether the calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) composition of corticosteroid induced dentin was the same as in normally developed dentin. Seven rats were given corticosteroids intravenously and three rats served as controls. Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX) was carried out on the axially sawn roots of the molars. Measurements were made at 20 sites, equally distributed in the buccal, mesial, lingual and distal direction. The results showed that the Ca/P ratio (weight %) was slightly above 2.0 in both the experimental and the control group, indicating that the corticosteroid induced dentin had a normal Ca/P ratio. However, different degrees of mineralization were found in different directions of the roots.

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