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Tribology and Dentistry: A Commentary

Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Schola Medica Salernitana”, School of Dentistry, University of Salerno Via S. Allende, 84081 Baronissi, Italy
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
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Lubricants 2019, 7(6), 52;
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 9 June 2019 / Accepted: 14 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biotribology in Human Body)
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Since 1966 the term “tribology” has integrated different topics like friction, lubrication and wear. After a few years, interest in this type of phenomena rapidly spread out around the world of biology and medicine, determining a new research area defined as biotribology. This commentary is conceived within this framework with the aim of underlining the close link between tribology and dentistry regarding both physiological and restorative issues. The contact between teeth requires investigation into their tribological behavior focusing on the enamel wear process against natural teeth and/or artificial teeth, allowing us to obtain useful information on the tribological behavior of restorative materials. Thus, tested materials may be natural teeth, restorative materials (metal alloys, ceramics, composites) or both. This work aims to make a contribution to underlining the need for greater standardization of tribological experimental procedures as well as to obtaining more homogeneous and indicative results on the tested tribo systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: biotribology; dentistry; wear; lubrication; enamel biotribology; dentistry; wear; lubrication; enamel

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