Title

Nanomechanical properties of endodontically treated teeth.

ORCiD

Dr. Ove A. Peters: 0000-0001-5222-8718

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Endodontics

ISSN

0099-2399

Volume

37

Issue

11

DOI

10.1016/j.joen.2011.08.006

First Page

1562

Last Page

1565

Publication Date

11-1-2011

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Although it is apparent that teeth become more susceptible to fracture after root canal treatment, the contributing factors for this are not completely established. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are changes in nanomechanical properties of dentin in root canal-treated teeth compared with non-root canal-treated control teeth.

METHODS: Atomic force microscopy-based nanoindentation testing was performed on root canal-treated teeth and age- and type-matched control teeth. Radicular intertubular dentin was indented in 6 locations, and triplicate measurements were averaged. Paired t tests were used to compare root canal-treated teeth with control teeth.

RESULTS: The moduli of elasticity were 17.8 ± 2.9 GPa and 18.9 ± 2.9 GPa for root canal-treated teeth and controls, respectively; the hardness values for the 2 groups were 0.84 ± 0.25 GPa and 0.84 ± 0.18 GPa, respectively. Neither the modulus of elasticity nor the hardness differed between groups (P > .05).

CONCLUSIONS: It appears that root canal treatment does not result in nanomechanical changes to radicular intertubular dentin.