Erosive tooth wear - a multifactorial condition of growing concern and increasing knowledge

Lussi, Adrian (2006). Erosive tooth wear - a multifactorial condition of growing concern and increasing knowledge. In: Lussi, Adrian (ed.) Dental Erosion: From Diagnosis to Therapy. Monographs in Oral Science: Vol. 20 (pp. 1-8). Basel: Karger 10.1159/000093343

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Dental erosion is often described solely as a surface phenomenon, unlike caries where it has been established that the destructive effects involve both the surface and the subsurface region. However, besides removal and softening of the surface, erosion may show dissolution of mineral underneath the surface. There is some evidence that the presence of this condition is growing steadily. Hence, erosive tooth wear is becoming increasingly significant in the management of the long-term health of the dentition. What is considered as an acceptable amount of wear is dependent on the anticipated lifespan of the dentition and, therefore, is different for deciduous compared to permanent teeth. However, erosive damage to the permanent teeth occurring in childhood may compromise the growing child's dentition for their entire lifetime and may require repeated and increasingly complex and expensive restoration. Therefore, it is important that diagnosis of the tooth wear process in children and adults is made early and adequate preventive measures are undertaken. These measures can only be initiated when the risk factors are known and interactions between them are present. A scheme is proposed which allows the possible risk factors and their relation to each other to be examined.

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

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Lussi, Adrian and Lussi, Adrian


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






Monographs in Oral Science






Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 14:52

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25 Jan 2017 12:17

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