Photonic and electronic observations on the different tissues of a complex odontoma

C Piacentini, C Marchetti, P Menghini, S Rizzo


Several aggregates of dental tissues constitute the complex odontoma. They are almost completely covered by a layer of prismatic enamel. By the observations at transmission and scanning electron microscope enamel present the characteristics of a not fully developed tissue. The organic component is still abundant and the enamel surface is covered by a cellular layer having the morphological features of the maturate ameloblasts.

Therefore this enamel results to be yet actively engaged in the maturation phase although the tissues of the odontoma have generally a limited developing time.


odontoma; light microscopy; S.E.M. and T.E.M.; ameloblasts

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