Ultrastructure of buffalo tooth enamel: a possible replacement for human teeth in laboratory research

Authors

  • Luana de Nazaré Silva Santana Federal University of Pará
  • Mayara Sabrina Luz Federal University of Pará
  • Nayara Cristina Monteiro Carneiro Federal University of Pará
  • Marcia Cristina dos Santos Guerra Federal University of Pará
  • Rafael Rodrigues Lima Federal University of Pará

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v10i3.8641622

Keywords:

Enamel, Buffalo, SEM

Abstract

Buffalo production takes place in several areas worldwide. In Brazil, buffalo are raised mainly in the Northern region, specifically in the Marajó archipelago, where most of the herd is slaughtered for meat. This makes possible the extraction of numerous healthy teeth from these animals as replacements for human teeth in laboratory tests. Aim: To evaluate the morphology of enamel from species Bubalus bubalis as a replacement for human enamel in laboratory research studies, considering its wider availability in the Amazon region. Methods: After removal, the teeth were prepared for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Teeth were sectioned in different planes – some were subjected to abrasion and others were merely polished for observation of surface enamel. All samples were submitted to a cleaning process, dried, sputter-coated with a platinum alloy and set for observation under SEM. Results: The SEM micrographs revealed an aprismatic surface enamel as well as prismatic enamel, the latter being similar to human enamel, in both arrangement and morphology. Conclusions: Buffalo enamel showed prismatic morphology, requiring further tests to corroborate its use as a substitute for human teeth.

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Luana de Nazaré Silva Santana, Federal University of Pará

Master student in Animal Science, Federal University of Pará, Belém, Pará

Mayara Sabrina Luz, Federal University of Pará

Undergraduate student in Dentistry, Federal University of Pará, Belém, Pará

Nayara Cristina Monteiro Carneiro, Federal University of Pará

Undergraduate student in Dentistry, Federal University of Pará, Belém, Pará

Marcia Cristina dos Santos Guerra, Federal University of Pará

Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Pará, Belém, Pará

Rafael Rodrigues Lima, Federal University of Pará

Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Pará, Belém, Pará

Published

2015-11-09

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Santana L de NS, Luz MS, Carneiro NCM, Guerra MC dos S, Lima RR. Ultrastructure of buffalo tooth enamel: a possible replacement for human teeth in laboratory research. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Nov. 9 [cited 2023 Feb. 6];10(3):163-6. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8641622

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