F/col SEM of upper tooth surface

F/col SEM of upper tooth surface

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the undulating surface of a human molar tooth. The crowns of human teeth, that is, those parts which project above the gums, are covered by enamel, an extremely hard, translucent substance. Enamel is composed of parallel rods (or prisms) of highly calcified material cemented together by an equally hard, calcified substance. The prisms are arranged perpendicular to the surface of the tooth. The convoluted shape of the upper surface of mammalian molar (back) teeth is adapted for chewing food. Magnification: x8 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, enamel, human body, molar tooth, surface, teeth, tooth

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