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Article: Volume 42 Number 6 Page 525 - July/August 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 525-532

Restorative dentistry:  Worn Down by Toothwear? Aetiology, Diagnosis and Management Revisited

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Abstract: The incidence of toothwear in the population is increasing, as is the number of referrals regarding this problem to secondary care dental hospital consultants and specialists. This paper outlines current theories in aetiology, diagnosis and management of localized and generalized toothwear, as well as describing clinical tips for assessing such patients.

Clinical relevance: Clinicians will gain a better understanding of how to address the problem of toothwear and what can be achieved in primary care and secondary care settings.

Author notes: Pamela L Yule, BDS, MFDS RCPS(Glasg), MClinDent(Rest Dent), Specialty Registrar and Associate Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Stewart C Barclay, BDS, MSc(Med Sci), FDS RCPS(Glasg) FDS RCS(Eng), DRD, MRD RCS(Edin), Consultant and Associate Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AZ, UK.

Objective: To summarize the main issues in diagnosis and treatment of toothwear, as recognizing the aetiology of this important clinical condition is paramount to its successful management.