Scientific background

Tooth wear

Differentiation of erosion and caries
 

Erosion

Caries


Reversibility
Material loss is irreversible
Material loss is reversible (until there is cavitation)



Prevention / Therapy
Remineralisation and (re)hardening of remaining, but softened enamel with stannous and fluoride ions
Remineralisation by flouride

There may be both erosion and caries in one patient simultaneously. Make sure that your preventative and therapeutic approaches cover both aspects accordingly.