Diagnosis of dental erosion

  • Carolina Ganss
  • Nadine SchlueterEmail author
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  1. Caries


Dental erosion is an acid-mediated tissue loss without bacterial involvement. It is the result of exposure of the enamel and dentin to nonbacterial acids of extrinsic and intrinsic origin, whereby mineral loss occurs from the surface of the tooth. It is a surface phenomenon that occurs on occlusal and smooth surfaces.


Erosion Diagnosis BEWE 

Further reading

  1. 1.
    Ganss C, Schlueter N (2015) Diagnosis of dental erosion. In: Amaechi BT (ed) Dental erosion and its clinical management. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-13993-7_5
  2. 2.
    Bardsley PF (2008) The evolution of tooth wear indices. Clin Oral Investig 12:S15–S19CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bartlett D, Ganss C, Lussi A (2008) Basic Erosive Wear Examination (BEWE): a new scoring system for scientific and clinical needs. Clin Oral Investig 12:S65–S68CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ganss C, Klimek J, Lussi A (2006) Accuracy and consistency of the visual diagnosis of exposed dentine on worn occlusal/incisal surfaces. Caries Res 40:208–212CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservative and Preventive DentistryDental Clinic Justus Liebig University GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Division for Cariology, Department of Operative Dentistry and PeriodontologyMedical Center-University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of FreiburgFreiburg im BreisgauGermany

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