Analyzing the Etiology of an Extremely Worn Dentition

Ronald G. Verrett

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Patients requiring extensive restorative care frequently exhibit significant loss of tooth structure. Specific clinical findings in an extremely worn dentition may vary widely and are often confusing. Severe wear can result from a mechanical cause, a chemical cause, or a combination of causes. The location of the wear, the accompanying symptoms and signs, and information gained from the patient interview are essential components in determining the etiology. A diagnostic decision tree facilitates a systematic analysis and diagnosis of dental wear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJournal of Prosthodontics on Complex Restorations
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781119274605
ISBN (Print)9781119274490
StatePublished - Sep 6 2016


  • Abrasion
  • Attrition
  • Diagnosis
  • Erosion
  • Tooth wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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