The biomechanical characteristics of the bone-periodontal ligament-cementum complex

Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.
Biomaterials (Impact Factor: 8.56). 09/2010; 31(25):6635-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.05.024
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The relative motion between the tooth and alveolar bone is facilitated by the soft-hard tissue interfaces which include periodontal ligament-bone (PDL-bone) and periodontal ligament-cementum (PDL-cementum). The soft-hard tissue interfaces are responsible for attachment and are critical to the overall biomechanical efficiency of the bone-tooth complex. In this study, the PDL-bone and PDL-cementum attachment sites in human molars were investigated to identify the structural orientation and integration of the PDL with bone and cementum. These attachment sites were characterized from a combined materials and mechanics perspective and were related to macro-scale function. High resolution complimentary imaging techniques including atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and micro-scale X-ray computed tomography (Micro XCT) illustrated two distinct orientations of PDL; circumferential-PDL (cir-PDL) and radial-PDL (rad-PDL). Within the PDL-space, the primary orientation of the ligament was radial (rad-PDL) as is well known. Interestingly, circumferential orientation of PDL continuous with rad-PDL was observed adjacent to alveolar bone and cementum. The integration of the cir-PDL was identified by 1-2 microm diameter PDL-inserts or Sharpey's fibers in alveolar bone and cementum. Chemically and biochemically the cir-PDL adjacent to bone and cementum was identified by relatively higher carbon and lower calcium including the localization of small leucine rich proteins responsible for maintaining soft-hard tissue cohesion, stiffness and hygroscopic nature of PDL-bone and PDL-cementum attachment sites. The combined structural and chemical properties provided graded stiffness characteristics of PDL-bone (E(r) range for PDL: 10-50 MPa; bone: 0.2-9.6 GPa) and PDL-cementum (E(r) range for cementum: 1.1-8.3 GPa), which was related to the macro-scale function of the bone-tooth complex.

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    • "Mechanical strains created by mastication and through tooth contact influence the complex in various ways. PDL, which is a vascularized ligament unlike that the in musculoskeletal system, gets blood supplied through the physical continuum it maintains with alveolar bone (Ho et al., 2010). Therefore, blood flow under function can be an effective means of delivering chemokines for cell migration, differentiation and proliferation (Park et al., 2004). "
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    • "It was also shown that the less-stiff region (enthesis) and the CDJ are bordered by the soft PDL ( $ 5 kPa–9 MPa) on one side and the stiffer (14– 17 GPa) cementum on the other, thus forming a mechanically optimized graded interface that was proposed to facilitate tooth attachment and provide improved load bearing ability to the tooth complex. In a subsequent study, biglycan, fibromodulin and decorin were found in the PDL–bone and PDL–cementum interfaces, also contributing for the mechanical properties of the resulting mechanically graded resulting interface (Ho et al., 2010). More recently, a similar approach to that adopted by Xu et al. (1998) was utilized (Chiu et al., 2012). "
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