Electronmicroscopy of Dental Calculus

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Science  15 Jan 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3394, pp. 156-158
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3394.156


Electron microscopy of ultrathin osmium-fixed sections of dental calculus, cut with a diamond knife without prior decalcification, revealed densely mineralized areas entrapping many degenerating microorganisms, within which were deposited similarly electron-dense crystals. Two principal forms of crystals were found, the predominant type being of the same order of magnitude and shape as those found in bone, and showing the typical characteristics of apatite in selected area electron diffraction patterns.