Infrared Spectroscopic Identification of Chosen Dental Materials and Natural Teeth
W. Hędzelek a, A. Marcinkowska a, L. Domka a, b and R. Wachowiak c
a Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, PoznańUniversity of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
b Department of Chemistry, Technological Center, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
c Department of Forensic Medicine, PoznańUniversity of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
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Received: 24 09 2007;
Studies using solid phase infrared spectroscopy in the range of 400 to 4000 wave numbers were conducted in order to quickly identify solid tooth fragments and differentiate them from dental materials used in the dental practice. The frequently employed dental materials were evaluated. Natural chemical structure of permanent teeth obtained from donors of various ages provided the reference material. The infrared vibrations detected in infrared transmission spectra depended on the chemical structure of examined compound. Comparable distinctive peaks in infrared spectra of natural teeth and inorganic dental materials (porcelain) were exhibited. Analogous infrared spectra of dental materials consisting of organic matrix with inorganic fillers were found. In the case of acrylic materials specific organic groups were enhanced. The prepared database of infrared transmission spectra included 23 dental materials, facilitating their appropriate identification. Application of infrared spectroscopy allowed for a quick differential identification of typical dental materials produced from organic compounds for inorganic restorations (porcelain) and of tooth structure-resembling hydroxyapatite and its contaminate forms with fluoride and carbonate ions.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.114.471
PACS numbers: 82.80.Gk, 33.20.Ea, 87.15.B-, 87.85.J-