Abrasion (dental) Abrasion is the loss of tooth structure by mechanical forces from a foreign element. If this force begins at the cementoenamel junction, then the progression of tooth loss can be rapid since enamel is very thin in this region of the tooth. The symptoms are: 1.The loss or erosion of the outer part of the tooth (enamel). 2. Sometimes the inner structures of the tooth are also involved. 3.The condition is often caused by brushing too hard but can also be caused by eating lots of acidic foods, acid reflux and excessive vomiting (such as in bulimia).
HOW IS DENTAL ABRASION DIAGNOSED?
Dentists perform a thorough dental examination with a mirror for ascertaining dental abrasion. The doctor also enquires about your eating and drinking habits to find out the underlying cause of abrasion. They may also look out for any old fillings of other foreign objects that cause the erosion of tooth
HOW IS DENTAL ABRASION TREATED?
The treatment usually centres around tweaks in the dental oral hygiene habits of the patient so as to ensure that further thinning and abrasion of the enamel and tooth does not take place. Dental fillings and root canal treatment can be carried out.
DID YOU KNOW?
The dentist will caution the patient against harsh brushing techniques.