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ABSTRACT: Morphological and spectral X-ray analysis of carious and noncarious extracted teeth showed the patterns of dentin ossification in caries of different degree. Parietal ectopic ossification of the canal and cavity lumens in stages III and IV dental caries is regarded as a specific structural marker of pathological regeneration. The X-ray spectral analysis showed that the progress of carious process is paralleled by loss of mineral components. Laser-induced fluorescent study of tissues in extracted teeth showed 4 spectral bands corresponding to mineral and protein components of the tooth. The progress of carious process was associated with reduction of the fluorescence intensities of the spectral bands characteristic of dental collagen and mineral components.
Novosibirsk State Medical UniversityNovo-Nikolaevsk, Novosibirsk, Russia