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Hay Andrew, The tooth consists of a hard, inert, acellular ENAMEL formed by epithelial cells supported by the less mineralized, more resilient, and vital hard connective tissue DENTINE. Now the mineral composition. ENAMEL: - It consists of about 96% inorganic material, mainly hydroxyapatite crystallites with traces of organic material envoloping each crystallite. DENTINE: - By weight it is approximately 70% mineralized with hydroxyapatite crystals. Its organic component is mainlythe fibrous protein collagen. A characteristic feature of dentine is its permeation by closely packed tubules traversing its entire thickness and containing the cytoplasmic extensions of the cells that once formed it and later maintain it. This is all i know about the mineral composition of a tooth. There is some more information but that will come in histology of tooth. And for mineral thingee that is it!! thanking you Dr. Shoaib
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