Indentation Damage and Mechanical Properties of Human Enamel and Dentin

@article{Xu1998IndentationDA,
  title={Indentation Damage and Mechanical Properties of Human Enamel and Dentin},
  author={H.H.K. Xu and Douglas T. Smith and Said Jahanmir and Elaine E Romberg and John Robert Kelly and Van P. Thompson and Elizabeth Dianne Rekow},
  journal={Journal of Dental Research},
  year={1998},
  volume={77},
  pages={472 - 480}
}
Understanding the mechanical properties of human teeth is important to clinical tooth preparation and to the development of "tooth-like" restorative materials. Previous studies have focused on the macroscopic fracture behavior of enamel and dentin. In the present study, we performed indentation studies to understand the microfracture and deformation and the microcrackmicrostructure interactions of teeth. It was hypothesized that crack propagation would be influenced by enamel rods and the… 
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