Crown Pointe Dentistry | Aledo, TX Dentist

Non-Carious Cervical Lesion (Abfraction)

Flexural forces applied to teeth from clenching and grinding in combination with acids from the foods we eat can lead to erosion of the enamel at the gum line. Such lesions, known as abfractions, are not "cavities" in the proper sense, but exposing the softer part of the tooth called dentin can lead to a wide variety of problems.

  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks
  • Increased risk of developing tooth decay
  • Increased risk of tooth fracture or "death" of the nerve

The presence of abfractions in your mouth may be an indication that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. Talk to Dr. Drennan about how a night guard could help you. In addition, consider limiting foods and drinks that are high in acid content, and request that your hygienist apply a protective fluoride varnish to your teeth to de-sensitize and protect these areas. If the abfractions are advanced, Dr. Drennan can bond a special tooth colored filling material onto the area and polish it to match your enamel.

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Willow Park, TX 76087