The teeth were almost perfect…
It should be stated from the outset: in order to avoid damaging consequences, tooth wear and erosion phenomena should neither be underestimated nor neglected. To deal with the problem, solutions that are both reliable and relatively uninvasive are now available - which is a relatively new development. Because they are relatively complex, these solutions are not always applied in all dental practices; they require improved techniques and more knowledge about the materials to be used plus an expert knowledge of dental bonding techniques. In the article “A rational and conservative approach to advanced tooth wear”(1), Alain Vanheusden, a professor in the Dental Science Department of the University of Liege, sets out the application and aftercare required for a long and precise procedure which makes it possible to treat these kinds of cases. The objective is clear: to restore masticatory function and give patients and their dentists their smile back.
Since the end of the 20th century most European countries including our own have seen a reduction in the incidence of tooth decay. This represents real progress from a public health point of view! “The effects of fluoride, dental health campaigns, and improvements in techniques used and conservative dental materials have proved fruitful”, states the head of department. Yet dentists, and the wider population should not be content merely to fight against tooth decay (and caring for gums), but they should also deal with those other enemies of teeth, tooth wear and erosion.
Vanheusden, Alain , Approche prothétique rationnelle et conservatrice d'usure dentaire avancée, in Revue d'Odonto-Stomatologie [=ROS] (2014), 43(3), 251-268 Septembre 2014.