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Biomechanical Perspective on the Remineralization of Dentin

Bertassoni L.E. · Habelitz S. · Kinney J.H. · Marshall S.J. · Marshall Jr. G.W.

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Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif., USA

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Grayson W. Marshall Jr.

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The objective of this article is to critically evaluate the methods that are used to assess outcomes of remineralization of dentin. Currently, the most used assessment methods fall either into quantitative analysis of the mineral content of the remineralized structures or dry measurements of their mechanical properties. Properties obtained from the dehydrated organic dentin matrix may not reflect the true mechanical behavior of the remineralized tissue under physiological and hydrated conditions. Here we seek to clarify the biomechanical aspects of remineralization of dentin, pointing out the effects of hydration and dehydration on the mechanical properties of treated tissues. We also emphasize that a more appropriate endpoint to evaluate the effectiveness of remineralization in dentin should be associated with the recovery of the mechanical properties of the hydrated tissue, which is presumed to correlate well with its overall functionality.

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Received: September 30, 2008
Accepted: December 03, 2008
Published online: February 10, 2009
Issue release date: March 2009

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

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