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Attrition, Erosion and Fractures

Dental Attrition, Erosion, and Abfracture

Teeth have a natural wear and tear that slowly causes them to lose surface area to chew with as we age.

Attrition is the loss of tooth due to mechanical grinding or interaction with other teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding is a form of attrition that can occur during sleep and night grinders are often unaware that they are their teeth are witling away while they are not even awake. Nail biting is another habit that causes teeth wear and can prematurely destroy your dental health.

Erosion is the loss of tooth due to chemicals such as: acidic juices, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, hard candy, or stomach acid.

Abfraction is the theoretical loss of tooth caused by forces placed onto teeth during chewing or grinding. This form of tooth loss is created by forces pushing the tooth in different directions and is shown as lesions along the gumline.

Abrasion is the loss of tooth due to the interaction between a foreign object and teeth. This type of tooth wear can occur via the improper usage of a toothbrush or the repeated clashing of a lip or tongue piercing with teeth.

Erosion Starts Early

Results data from a 2000 National Survey showed that most people by the age of 35 have enough wear on their teeth that at least one surface of a tooth has the deeper, yellowish dentine layer exposed:Dental Attrition in an older individual

  • 17% for age 12
  • 30% for age 15
  • 38% for ages 16-24
  • 76% for ages 35-44
  • 93% for ages 65+

Tooth wear can affect any individual, regardless of age. So, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is critical in sustaining the health of your teeth for a lifetime.

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Read our list of common dental problems to learn more about other oral health issues that many Americans face.

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Tips on Prevention

There are a few habits that are particularly damaging to the longevity of your teeth and should be avoided to prevent the erosion, attrition, abrasion, or abfracture of your pearly whites.

  • Be sure to visit your dentist semiannually, at the very least, to avoid being blindsided by attrition that can slowly diminish the sate of your oral health without your knowledge.
  • Frequently drinking carbonated beverages or acidic fruit juices will erode your teeth quickly.
  • Do not brush your teeth shortly after consuming food or drinks that are high in acidity as the brushing can damage the enamel layer recently weakened by this acidic presence. This is a common cause of enamel wear on teeth.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth too vigorously or scrubbing too hard as this can also cause enamel wear on teeth.Well used toothbrush. Time for a new brush!
  • Use a soft-bristled brush and change your toothbrushes out frequently.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry such as lip or tongue rings for extended periods of time.
  • Avoid toothpastes containing abrasives and opt for fluoride based toothpastes instead. Abrasives can remove stains from the outer layer of your teeth, but in doing so they also lead to enamel wear that can expose the underlying, yellow dentin layer of the tooth. On the other hand, fluoride based toothpastes promote the natural growth of the outer enamel layer to help better protect teeth over time.

Examples of Treatment

severe root erosion and attrition from diet

Sever erosion and attrition is an aging problem that needs to be corrected early. Grinding your teeth at night can also causes this.

Restoring teeth with moderately advanced attrition

These attrition and erosion cases were corrected with composite resins.

Early Attrition, Advanced Attrition, Lemon Attrition

Citric acid from lemons is a common dental problem and completely destroys teeth at an early age. I have seen cases of teen-agers that have ruined their front teeth from sucking on lemons all the time.

Advanced Erosion, Nail Biting Attrition

Teeth wear from dental attrition is accelerated by nail biting. Please stop the nail biting habit on your child before they hit junior high or they never will and cause their teeth to wear out prematurely.

Removing fragments of fractured teeth

Many teeth split and fracture from chewing on ice, rock hard candy, and bone pieces in food. In order to avoid this, big fillings should be replaced with sturdier crowns.

Removing teeth with heavy damage from attrition

Root fractures caused this tooth to need extraction. It was unsavable after one half of the tooth was removed. This tooth had a root canal that was recently completed, but it split before it could be crowned. Always crown a tooth right after a root canal, do not wait and leave the exposed tooth vulnerable.

 

Reviews

Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
Ivon valdez
Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
Great office...great dentist ....great staff...very kind and helpful .....
Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
Lucia Vieira
Lucia Vieira
15:18 16 Mar 17
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
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