What is an Abfraction Lesion?

While many people have experienced getting a filling for a cavity, most people don’t know that cavities aren’t the only crevices that we fill in a dental office. Another possible crevice that needs filling, at times, is known as an abfraction lesion.

An abfraction lesion is similar to a cavity in that it results in the loss of tooth structure. These lesions are often caused by mechanical stress from chewing or grinding one’s teeth. Acid erosion from a poor diet and poor dental hygiene habits can also contribute to the problem.

When the lesion starts to extend below the gum line or exposes the pulp or nerves of a tooth, a dentist will typically step in to treat the problem with a filling. Filling the lesion ensures that it doesn’t deepen or spread over time and put more of your mouth at risk for serious dental damage.

If you have any questions about an abfraction lesion or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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