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A guide to the clinical management of attrition

BDJ volume 224, pages 319323 (09 March 2018) | Download Citation

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Attrition is an enigmatic condition often found in older individuals and often as a result of bruxism which can take place as a result of either day bruxism, night bruxism or both. Various studies and systemic reviews clearly shown that tooth wear is an age-related phenomena and the last Adult Dental Health Survey showed that 15% of participants showed moderate wear and 3% severe wear with 80% of patients over 50 years of age showing signs of wear. This review examines current theories around the aetiological factors contributing to attrition together with the clinical management of attrition focusing on minimal intervention where possible.

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  • Discusses aetiology of attrition.

  • Discusses signs and symptoms of attrition.

  • Discusses clinical management of attrition including adhesive and conventional techniques.

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  1. Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University Dental School, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY

    • J. S. Rees
  2. Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University Dental School, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY

    • S. Somi

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https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.169