Is dental erosion really a problem?

Schlueter, N; Jaeggi, T; Lussi, A (2012). Is dental erosion really a problem? Advances in dental research, 24(2), pp. 68-71. Washington, D.C.: International Association for Dental Research 10.1177/0022034512449836

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Dental erosion is the non-carious dental substance loss induced by direct impact of exogenous or endogenous acids. It results in a loss of dental hard tissue, which can be serious in some groups, such as those with eating disorders, in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and also in persons consuming high amounts of acidic drinks and foodstuffs. For these persons, erosion can impair their well-being, due to changes in appearance and/or loss of function of the teeth, e.g., the occurrence of hypersensitivity of teeth if the dentin is exposed. If erosion reaches an advanced stage, time- and money-consuming therapies may be necessary. The therapy, in turn, poses a challenge for the dentist, particularly if the defects are diagnosed at an advanced stage. While initial and moderate defects can mostly be treated non- or minimally invasively, severe defects often require complex therapeutic strategies, which often entail extensive loss of dental hard tissue due to preparatory measures. A major goal should therefore be to diagnose dental erosion at an early stage, to avoid functional and esthetic impairments as well as pain sensations and to ensure longevity of the dentition.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry

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Schlüter, Nadine; Jäggi, Thomas and Lussi, Adrian




International Association for Dental Research




Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 14:30

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25 Jan 2017 12:16

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