This is a review of the literature that discuss the different wear mechanisms and methods of investigation of dental materials since these mechanisms have been described as a complex, multi-factorial process. The four main types of wear mechanisms described are; abrasive, adhesive, fatigue, corrosion, as well as several minor types. Wear investigations are also reviewed. Revision is based on both in vivo and in vitro studies in which various methods were used to help in understanding wear resistance of different types of dental tissues and materials and how to reduce the harmful effect of such mechanisms.
Keywords: Abrasion, adhesion, fatigue, corrosion, wear