If strain has caused notches to develop on your teeth, then you may need to visit the practice of Daniel Richards, DMD for abfraction treatment. Our dentist offers several different procedures and solutions which can restore and protect your teeth. Contact our dental team today if you need to benefit from treatment for an abfraction in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

An abfraction is a loss of the enamel and dentin tooth tissues at the gum line. These notches develop as a result of stress on the tooth when bending forces strain and flex the structure of the tooth. The most common causes of this strain include bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) and malocclusion problems. Some symptoms of an abfraction include:

  • Sensitivity to temperature and pressure
  • Tooth movement
  • Changes to your bite
  • Loss of jawbone tissue
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Gingival recession that does not result from gum disease

There are many possible treatment options used to repair an abfraction. For one, we can adjust your bite if malocclusion is the problem, or we can provide a night guard for bruxism. Our team may also fill the abfraction notch with dental bonding. More severe abfraction cases may necessitate a dental crown or root canal treatment. Call our office today if you would like to learn more about our abfraction treatment.