External enamel epithelium

Outer enamel epithelium

The outer enamel epithelium, also known as the external enamel epithelium, is a layer of cuboidal cells located on the periphery of the enamel organ in a developing tooth. This layer is first seen during the bell stage.

The rim of the enamel organ where the outer and inner enamel epithelium join is called the cervical loop.


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