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Article: Volume 47 Number 10 Page 813 - November 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 813-820

Restorative dentistry:  The prevention of tooth wear

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Abstract: With adult dentitions being retained for longer, issues relating to the wear of teeth are increasingly becoming of relevance to the general dental practitioner. As with any treatment plan, prevention is a fundamental and an important stage in the management of tooth wear. This article outlines the contemporary preventive features that the general dental practitioner should be aware of when dealing with patients presenting with tooth wear or exhibiting a susceptibility to this.

Clinical relevance: An understanding of the factors relevant to the prevention of tooth wear will enable an effective preventive regimen to be prescribed. This will play an integral role in the management of tooth wear and its sequalae.

Author notes: Shamir B Mehta, BDS, BSc, MClin Dent (Prosth) (Lond), FICD FFGDP(UK), FDS RCS (Eng), FDS RCPS (Glas), Senior Clinical Teacher, MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry, Unit of Distance Learning, King’s College London Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Guy’s Campus, London and Private Practice, Harrow, Middlesex, Subir Banerji, BDS, MClinDent(Prostho), PhD, MFGDP(UK), FDS RCPS(Glasg), FICOI, FICD, FIADFE, Director, MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry, Unit of Distance Learning, King’s College London Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Guy’s Campus, London. Private Practice, Ealing, London

Objective: An understanding of the factors relevant to the prevention of tooth wear will enable an effective preventative regimen to be prescribed. This will play an integral role in the management of tooth wear and its sequalae.

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