Tooth surface loss is very common condition affecting 6-45% of young adults. It is caused by different aetioligical factors in different age group and populations. Teeth can be dissolved by acids found in the diet or from voluntary or involuntary regurgitation of stomach juices into the mouth (Erosion). It can also occur in patients who grinds and clench their teeth (Attrition), which normally occurs in combination with bruxism, which is a parafunctional habit. Tooth wear is most commonly associated with excessive tooth-brushing on the cervical margins of teeth (Abrasion).
Treatment of toothwear is indicated for a variety of reasons including poor aesthetics of the worn anterior teeth, sensitivity or pain, infection associated with teeth which have become non-vital teeth as a result of severe TSL, or difficulty in eating due to reduce masticatory function. The treatment ranges from simple fillings to veneers and crown, depending on the severity and extent of tooth surface lose. It can also be prevented. If you have noticed that your teeth are getting shorter and translucent lately, please do consult your dentist before it’s too late.
This is a 28 years old man was diagnosed having tooth wear (erosion & attrition) caused by excess intake of acidy drinks and he has the habit of grinding his teeth. Direct composite build-up was done to his upper front teeth to repair the broken teeth and make them more aesthetically pleasing. The patient was provided then with a night guard to protect his teeth from grinding at night.
Direct composite Veneers to treat tooth wear and improve smile and teeth aesthetics.