International Arab Journal of Dentistry


Wear is a process that includes both natural teeth and restoration materials. Wear mechanism remains unclear and conflicting results are still found. It is normally a slow multifactorial process. Various influencing factors have been cited through the literature.This paper presents an overview of the prosthetic materials commonly used and their implication in the wear process of antagonist teeth or prostheses. A search was conducted on PubMed and Elsevier using the following key-words: wear, wear resistance, abrasiveness, prostheses wear, prostheses resistance, restorations wear, prostheses material, abrasion etiology and abrasion physiopathology. Patient and material–related factors were reported. Comparison of the protocols remains difficult due to the differences in the methodology.