Effects of cola drinks on the morphology and elastic modulus of dentin

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The mechanical and morphological degradation that human dentin undergoes after prolonged exposure in cola drinks was examined using nanoindentation and AFM. The elastic modulus of the dentin prior cola exposure was 18.28 ± 1.7 GPa, while after exposure it had decreased to 4.25 ± 1.4 GPa on the surface that was in direct contact with the drink, and to 13.38 ± 2.9 GPa on the surface that was in indirect contact with the drink. AFM documented the corrosion effects of the cola through topography images and histograms of the RMS roughness. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Materials Letters