Biomechanical perspective on the remineralization of dentin

L. E. Bertassoni, S. Habelitz, J. H. Kinney, S. J. Marshall, G. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalCaries Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomechanics
  • Caries
  • Dentin
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanoindentation
  • Remineralization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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