2006, Number 2
TIP Rev Esp Cienc Quim Biol 2006; 9 (2)
García-Garduño MV, Reyes-Gasga J
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ABSTRACTThe hydroxyapatite is an important structural component of mineral tissues and a great deal for researchers because its biocompatibility, which have biomedical applications in Dentistry, Orthopedics, and Maxillofacial Chirurgic. Hydroxyapatite is the main crystal of hard tissues, bone and teeth. There are many experimental investigations on this crystal that includes its nucleation, growth, and morphology, and thermodynamics behavior. In nature it is found in sedimentary rocks. As biomaterial, hydroxyapatite and its precursors are synthesized from sea shells, and corals. Hydroxyapatite has many perspectives in medicine and it will be an important element for the medicine genomic. In this work we review and go trough the study of hydroxyapatite given an example of its analysis in the field of human tooth enamel.