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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2007

Atomic force microscopy

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Peritubular Dentin Lacks Piezoelectricity, S. Habelitz, B. J. Rodriguez, S. J. Marshall, G. W. Marshall, Sergei V. Kalinin, Alexei Gruverman May 2007

Peritubular Dentin Lacks Piezoelectricity, S. Habelitz, B. J. Rodriguez, S. J. Marshall, G. W. Marshall, Sergei V. Kalinin, Alexei Gruverman

Alexei Gruverman Publications

Dentin is a mesenchymal tissue, and, as such, is based on a collagenous matrix that is reinforced by apatite mineral. Collagen fibrils show piezoelectricity, a phenomenon that is used by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) to obtain high-resolution images. We applied PFM to image human dentin with 10-nm resolution, and to test the hypothesis that zones of piezoactivity, indicating the presence of collagen fibrils, can be distinguished in dentin. Piezoelectricity was observed by PFM in the dentin intertubular matrix, while the peritubular dentin remained without response. High-resolution imaging of chemically treated intertubular dentin attributed the piezoelectric effect to individual collagen fibrils ...