Methods for the measurement and characterization of erosion in enamel and dentine

N. Schlueter, A. Hara, R. P. Shellis, C. Ganss

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The advantages, limitations and potential applications of available methods for studying erosion of enamel and dentine are reviewed. Special emphasis is placed on the influence of histological differences between the dental hard tissue and the stage of the erosive lesion. No method is suitable for all stages of the lesion. Factors determining the applicability of the methods are: surface condition of the specimen, type of the experimental model, nature of the lesion, need for longitudinal measurements and type of outcome. The most suitable and most widely used methods are: chemical analyses of mineral release and enamel surface hardness for early erosion, and surface profilometry and microradiography for advanced erosion. Morphological changes in eroded dental tissue have usually been characterised by scanning electron microscopy. Novel methods have also been used, but little is known of their potential and limitations. Therefore, there is a need for their further development, evaluation, consolidation and, in particular, validation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalCaries research
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Abrasion
  • Assessment methods
  • Dentine
  • Enamel
  • Erosion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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