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Omid Barkhordar, DDS

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Abrasion Lesions

Tooth abrasion refers to the abnormal loss of tooth surface, usually from something constantly rubbing or scraping along the teeth. It often leads to an abrasion lesion, which can cause an aesthetic defect and sensitivity. When this occurs, Dr. Barkhordar can offer highly specialized treatment to correct the issue and provide profound symptom relief.


What causes tooth abrasion?

  1. Brushing too hard or too long
  2. Forceful flossing
  3. Biting your nails
  4. Chewing pens
  5. Chewing tobacco or using a pipe
  6. Improper use of toothpicks
  7. Partial dentures
  8. Removable retainers that don’t fit well

Signs of tooth abrasion

For the vast majority of patients, the main sign of tooth abrasion is a lesion that develops at the root surface of the teeth. This area is made of dentin, which is soft and wears easily in response to aggressive force. The lesion will commonly appear as a v-shaped groove at the neck of the tooth, and it may become worse with abrasive whitening toothpastes. If the lesion is deep enough, the groove can reach the nerve or the tooth pulp. Additional signs of tooth abrasion include an abnormally smooth surface, hypersensitivity in the area and pain when the lesion is touched.


Treating abrasion lesions

If you suspect you’re suffering from an abrasion lesion, it’s important to come into our Santa Barbara office for a thorough evaluation. During that time, Dr. Barkhordar will collect information about your oral hygiene techniques and lifestyle habits, before examining your teeth to identify the cause of the issue.

Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of the lesion. If your lesion is small and you’re not experiencing sensitivity, you may not require any treatment at all. If you’re suffering from mild sensitivity in the area, Dr. Barkhordar may recommend a fluoride gel or rinse to help you manage the discomfort. And finally, Dr. Barkhordar may advise that it’s in your best interest to treat the lesion and restore the tooth if:

  1. The damage is extensive
  2. You’re experiencing substantial tooth sensitivity
  3. The lesion creates periodontal concerns
  4. The defect is close to the tooth pulp
  5. Fixing the lesion will restore your aesthetic appearance

In any of the above cases, Dr. Barkhordar will likely recommend treatment. In this case, he will use a tooth-colored material to fill in the worn area. The most common materials used are plastic fillings with a fluoride varnish finishing, to ensure a completely natural final outcome.

Once your lesion has been treated, Dr. Barkhordar will counsel you on preventing this issue from recurring. Moving forward, you’ll want to avoid acidic food and drinks, floss gently, use toothpicks properly and apply gentle brushing techniques to protect your teeth and prevent abrasion lesions from developing in the future.


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Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can transform your appearance and your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give you the natural-looking smile you deserve.


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