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  • No symptoms may be present – in this case the abfraction would be diagnosed by the dentist during a routine dental visit
  • Sensitivity and/or pain to cold or hot foods/liquids
  • Sensitivity and/or pain upon chewing or with biting pressure
  • Sensitivity and/or pain when brushing or flossing
    You may notice stress lines in teeth, called crazing, that appear like surface cracks in the enamel of the crowns of teeth.
  • You may notice your tooth has an enamel fracture – the appearance of a “notched out” area of the tooth at the gumline, or the appearance of an exposed root surface – these are signs that a portion of enamel has been lost from the tooth.
  • You or your dentist may notice or discover a cracked, leaking or broken restoration (filling) in one or more teeth.
  • Jaw joint and/or jaw muscle pain, a potential indication of a Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) which could be related to or caused by nighttime bruxism/grinding, clenching the teeth and jaw, or malocclusion.

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