Although there are many different types of tooth wear, including abrasion, attrition, and erosion, the majority of cases involve some form of dental attrition. This is the wearing away or loss of tooth substance from excessive grinding. Abrasion is caused when the enamel surface is damaged by substances in the mouth, particularly abrasive foods. Erosion occurs when acid removes tooth material from the exposed areas of the teeth.
Your dentist may use different procedures to address tooth wear, depending on how much tooth structure is affected. They may use a combination of dental procedures to properly address tooth wear, as well as recommend preventative measures such as a mouthguard to protect from further wear.