Mechanical properties of human dental enamel on the nanometre scale.

@article{Habelitz2001MechanicalPO,
  title={Mechanical properties of human dental enamel on the nanometre scale.},
  author={Stefan Habelitz and Sally Jean Marshall and Grayson William Marshall and Mehdi Balooch},
  journal={Archives of oral biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={173-83}
}
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with a nano-indentation technique was used to reveal the structure and to perform site-specific mechanical testing of the enamel of third molars. Nano-indentations (size<500 nm) were made in the cusp area to measure the mechanical properties of single enamel rods at different orientations. The influence of etching on the physical properties was studied and etching conditions that did not significantly alter the plastic-elastic response of enamel were… CONTINUE READING

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