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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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  • American Dental Association
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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Treatment for Dental Abfractions

October 07, 2020 @ 12:37 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Dental Abfraction

digital illustration of normal tooth vs. tooth with dental abfractionDental abfractions are v-shaped notched areas that form on teeth near the gum line. This condition is unrelated to cavities or gum disease, but is rather caused by other factors, such as bruxism, acidic erosion, or orthodontic misalignment.

Dentist Jean E. Barthman offers treatment for dental abfractions at our Redwood City, CA, practice. Here, our team explores more about abfraction lesions, including the most common treatments used to address the condition.

Common Causes of Dental Abfractions

While abfraction lesions are commonly caused by bruxism, misalignment, and erosion, there are some instances in which a specific cause cannot be identified. Most dentists agree, however, that these lesions appear due to flexing, which can occur when the teeth are under extreme pressure.

Why Treat Abfraction Lesions?

One thing is certain: Regardless of the cause, it is imperative to address abfraction lesions as soon as possible. This type of damage exposes the underlying tooth layers, making them more susceptible to cavity-causing sugars and acids. Eventually, teeth with abfraction lesions may become fractured.

Common Treatments for Dental Abfractions

If an abfraction lesion has already developed, there are a few different treatment options available. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the suspected cause of the condition. Some of the most common treatments for dental abfractions include:

  • Dental filling: Your Redwood City, CA, dentist can treat an abfraction lesion in much the same way a cavity is filled. A tooth-colored composite resin material is used to fill in the notched area. After the material is shaped and molded, it is hardened with a dental curing light. Finally, the affected tooth is polished.
  • Custom oral appliance: If it is determined that your abfraction lesions are caused by orthodontic misalignment, your dentist may recommend a custom oral appliance. These devices help reduce the risk of damage, particularly if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep.
  • Orthodontic treatment: In cases of misalignment, braces or clear aligners can help reduce the risk of abfraction lesions by moving the teeth into optimal alignment. 

Reducing the Risk of Abfraction Lesions

If you have already developed at least one dental abfraction, there is a chance you could develop more. When the problem is detected early enough, the risk of damage can be reduced by taking some precautions. For example, even changing your toothpaste formula can help prevent abrasions as well as tooth sensitivity. If you notice worn or notched areas on your teeth near the gum line, it is important to have an assessment with your dentist right away.

Dental Abfractions and Gum Recession

It is not uncommon to have gum recession in conjunction with dental abfractions. As the gums begin to pull away, the teeth roots become much more susceptible to decay and damage. In some cases, a dental filling may be sufficient for repairing the lesion. In other instances, gum grafting may be necessary in addition to the filling. Your dentist can discuss all treatment options with you in detail.

Contact Our Office for an Appointment

Dr. Barthman has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. She has the skill, knowledge, and expertise necessary to treat virtually any oral health condition. If you suspect you have a dental abfraction, schedule a consultation at our Redwood City, CA, practice. Contact us online anytime or call our office at (650) 367-4967.