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Micromechanical imaging of dentin with Brillouin microscopy


The structure of teeth can be altered by diet, age or diseases such as caries and sclerosis. It is very important to characterize their mechanical properties to predict and understand tooth decay, design restorative dental procedures, and investigate their tribological behavior. However, existing imaging techniques are not well suited to investigating the micromechanics of teeth, in particular at tissue interfaces. Here, we describe a microscope based on Brillouin light scattering (BLS) developed to probe the spectrum of the light scattered from tooth tissues, from which the mechanical properties (sound velocity, viscosity) can be inferred with a priori knowledge of the refractive index. BLS is an inelastic process that uses the scattering of light by acoustic waves in the GHz range. Our microscope thus reveals the mechanical properties at the micrometer scale without contact with the sample. BLS signals show significant differences between sound tissues and pathological lesions, and can be used to precisely delineate carious dentin. We also show maps of the sagittal and transversal planes of sound tubular dentin that reveal its anisotropic microstructure at 1 µm resolution. Our observations indicate that the collagen-based matrix of dentine is the main load-bearing structure, which can be considered as a fiber-reinforced composite. In the vicinity of polymeric tooth-filling materials, we observed the infiltration of the adhesive complex into the opened tubules of sound dentine. The ability to probe the quality of this interfacial layer could lead to innovative designs of biomaterials used for dental restorations in contemporary adhesive dentistry, with possible direct repercussions on decision-making during clinical work.
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hal-02996594 , version 1 (09-11-2020)



Tijana Lainović, Jérémie Margueritat, Quentin Martinet, Xavier Dagany, Larisa Blažić, et al.. Micromechanical imaging of dentin with Brillouin microscopy. Acta Biomaterialia, 2020, 105, pp.214-222. ⟨10.1016/j.actbio.2020.01.035⟩. ⟨hal-02996594⟩
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