An odontoblast process
is an extension of a cell
called an odontoblast
, which forms dentin
in a tooth
. The odontoblast process forms during dentinogenesis
and results from a part of the odontoblast staying in its location as the main body of the odontoblast moves toward the center of the tooth's pulp
. The odontoblast process causes the secretion of hydroxyapatite crystals
and mineralization of the matrix secreted by the odontoblasts.
- Cate, A.R. Ten. Oral Histology: development, structure, and function. 5th ed. 1998. ISBN 0-8151-2952-1.