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Title: Stress-strain response in human dentine: Rethinking fracture predilection in postcore restored teeth
Authors: Kishen, A. 
Kumar, G.V. 
Chen, N.-N.
Keywords: Crack propagation
Tooth fracture
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Kishen, A.,Kumar, G.V.,Chen, N.-N. (2004). Stress-strain response in human dentine: Rethinking fracture predilection in postcore restored teeth. Dental Traumatology 20 (2) : 90-100. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this study, the biomechanical perspective of fracture predilection in post-core restored teeth is investigated using computational, experimental, and fractographic analyses. The computational finite element analysis and the experimental tensile testing are used to evaluate the stress-strain response in structural dentine. The fractographic evaluations are conducted using laser scanning confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy to examine the topography of dentine from experimentally fractured specimens, and clinically fractured post-core restored teeth specimens. These experiments aided in correlating the stress-strain response in structural dentine with cracks and catastrophic fractures in post-core restored teeth. It was observed from these experiments that the inner dentine displayed distinctly high strains (deformations), while the outer dentine demonstrated high stresses during tensile loading. This implies that the energy fed into the material as it is extended will be spread throughout the inner dentine, and there is less possibility of local increase in stress at the outer dentine, which can lead to the failure of dentine structure. During post-endodontic restoration with increase in loss of inner dentine, the fracture resistance factor contributed by the inner dentine is compromised, and this in turn predisposes the tooth to catastrophic fracture. © Blackwell Munksgaard, 2004.
Source Title: Dental Traumatology
ISSN: 16004469
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