Journal article

Analysis of incisor pulp cell populations in Wistar rats of different ages

PE Murray, JB Matthews, AJ Sloan, AJ Smith

Archives of Oral Biology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2002


Pulp cell function and viability is important for maintaining tooth vitality throughout life. However, the effects of ageing on pulpal cell populations and pulp tissue remodelling are still unclear. The aim here was to quantify age-related cell-density changes in the pulp of rat incisor teeth, using histomorphometric analysis and ANOVA. Mandibular (n=35) and maxillary (n=34) incisors were carefully extracted from 20 Wistar rats aged between 1 and 18 months, fixed and processed for light microscopy. Cell counts were performed in mature and immature regions at both labial and lingual aspects of all teeth. Odontoblast and subodontoblast cell densities were reported per mm of pulp-dentine border..

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