Evaporative water loss from human dentine in vitro

H. E. Goodis, L. Tao, D. H. Pashley

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The rate of spontaneous evaporation of water from dentine was measured in extracted human teeth in vitro. Spontaneous water loss was the same with or without a smear layer. When air was blown on the dentine, the rate of evaporation increased significantly. After removal of the smear layer, the air blast-induced evaporative loss was twice as great as before its removal. Thus, with a smear layer present, evaporation is the major route by which fluid is lost from dentine rather than by filtration of dentinal fluid. After smear layer removal, fluid filtration sometimes may exceed the spontaneous rate of fluid evaporation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-527
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990


  • dentinal fluid
  • dentine
  • dentine sensitivity
  • evaporation
  • filtration
  • hydrodynamic theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Cell Biology

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