Article: Volume 48 Number 5 Page 343 - May 2021

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  Dent Update 2021; 48: 343-356

Restorative dentistry:  McNamara’s Fallacies in Dentistry. 2: Tooth Surface Loss Fallacies

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Abstract: Given the number of perceived myths and fallacies in relation to tooth substance loss, this article seeks to address these using a wide variety of clinical cases as examples and by way of scientific references.

Clinical relevance: The incidence of tooth wear is increasing, so an understanding of the myths and truths surrounding its treatment is valuable.

Author notes: Martin GD Kelleher, MSc, FDS RCPS, FDS RCS (Ed), FDS RCS (Eng), Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Bromley, Kent. email:

Objective: The reader should understand the implications of monitoring tooth surface loss.