Nanoscopic dynamic mechanical properties of intertubular and peritubular dentin

Heonjune Ryou, Elaine Romberg, David H. Pashley, Franklin R. Tay, Dwayne Arola

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An experimental evaluation of intertubular and peritubular dentin was performed using nanoindentation and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA). The objective of the investigation was to evaluate the differences in dynamic mechanical behavior of these two constituents and to assess whether their response is frequency dependent. Specimens of hydrated coronal dentin were evaluated by DMA using single indents over a range of parametric conditions and using scanning probe microscopy. The complex (E *), storage (E ') and loss moduli (E ) of the intertubular and peritubular dentin were evaluated as a function of the dynamic loading frequency and static load in the fully hydrated condition. The mean complex E * (19.6 GPa) and storage E ' (19.2 GPa) moduli of the intertubular dentin were significantly lower than those for peritubular dentin (E *=31.1 GPa, p<0.05; E '=30.3 GPa, p<0.05). There was no significant influence of dynamic loading frequency on these measures. Although there was no significant difference in the loss modulus (E ) between the two materials (p>0.05), both constituents exhibited a significant increase in E with dynamic load frequency and reduction in the quasi-static component of indentation load. The largest difference in dynamic behavior of the two tissues was noted at small quasi-static indentation loads and the highest frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Dentin
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • Elastic modulus
  • Nanoindentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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