Occurs when a tooth wears down by chewing, misuse or improper brushing techniques, such as brushing too hard. Generally, patients who suffer from gum disease have a higher risk of tooth abrasion as the root of the tooth is exposed to water and other elements, normally protected by the tooth enamel. Tooth abrasion can occur over a period of time, or very quickly. Patients who experience gradual tooth abrasion have the ability to naturally repair the enamel through the production of dentin (the layer directly under the outer tooth enamel). This new layer of dentin is then deposited over the damaged areas of the tooth and prevents the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue inside the tooth (known as the pulp) from being damaged further, making its repair possible.
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