School of Dentistry

MDRCBB

Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics

Microscopy

Microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and digital microscopy are useful tools for characterizing materials. The scanning electron microscope can be used to evaluate the wear properties of new generations of dental materials as they are being developed. Careful analysis of the wear process on these materials may show surface breakdown, micro-cracking, voids, localized particle fractures, tensile cracks, and smears on the wear surface, as well as changes occurring on the opposing enamel and on tooth micro-structure.

SEM DEJ 2 SEM DEJ 1 SEM Pyramid

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