Attrition is the loss of teeth structure by mechanical forces from opposing teeth. Attrition initially affects the enamel and, if unchecked, may proceed to the underlying dentin.

Attrition is the term used to describe wear of the biting surfaces of teeth and dental restorations. The wear itself is a diagnosis that can be treated, but is also a symptom of a larger problem which, if overlooked, can result in the failure of restorations performed to fix the wear.


Baby Bottle Syndrome is the rapid decay of baby teeth in infants and children The wearing away of a tooth, as a result of tooth-to-tooth contact, as in mastication, occurring only on the occlusal, incisal, and proximal surfaces. It is chiefly associated with aging. It is differentiated from TOOTH ABRASION (the pathologic wearing away of the tooth substance by friction, as brushing, bruxism, clenching, and other mechanical causes).


Worn away tooth surface

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Tooth Wear

Tooth wear, or the non-carious loss of tooth structure,1 typically falls into three main categories: abrasion, attrition and erosion.Tooth abrasion is the wearing away of the tooth substance by bruxism, brushing, clenching, and other mechanical causes.Bruxism can be found to some degree in all patients, and is most often in the anterior teeth.Tooth attrition occurs from tooth-to-tooth contact as during mastication. Unlike tooth abrasion, tooth attrition is primarily connected to aging

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