A study on prevalence of dental attrition and its relation to factors of age, gender and to the signs of TMJ dysfunction

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A study was planned to determine the severity of dental attrition in adults of both sexes in different age groups and its possible relationship to temporomandibular disorders. 500 subjects comprising of 260 females and 240 males in the age group of 18-55 years were clinically examined for bruxism, attrition, and signs of temporomandibular disorders. Tooth sensitivity, tooth or restoration fracture, scalloping of tongue, ridging of buccal mucosa, TMJ sounds, muscle tenderness, TMJ tenderness, referred pain, pain on mouth opening and limitation of mouth opening were recorded along with attrition score in a proforma. The basic data was then analysed to arrive at certain conclusions. A high prevalence of attrition (88.0%) with increase in age (P < 0.00) and was seen more in males as compared to females (P < 0.01). On comparing attrition with some of the signs of bruxism it was shown that tooth or restoration fracture and scalloping of tongue had no relation to the severity of attrition score. Whereas a significant relation was seen between attrition and tooth sensitivity (P < 0.00), and ridging of buccal mucosa (P < 0.05). Muscle tenderness (P < 0.00), pain on mouth opening (P < 0.05) and deviation of mandible on mouth opening (P < 0.00) had significant relation to attrition. Other signs of temporomandibular disorders such as joint tenderness, referred pain, joint sounds and limitation of mouth opening had no relation to attrition score. This study showed a limited association between the severity of attrition and TMJ dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-105
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Indian Prosthodontist Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bruxism
  • Dentasssl attrition
  • TMJ dysfunction


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