Prof. Dr. Thomas Attin

Non carious cervical lesions – development, treatment, prognosis


Thanks to the success of prevention efforts in dentistry prolonged retention of the teeth in the oral cavity is the case in a large part of the population. This has the consequence that the teeth of many people are exposed not only to a possible caries risk, but also to other influences, which may lead to structural dental hard tissue defects.

In addition to dental erosions, which are caused by acidic impacts on the teeth, other hard tissue defects are observed, such as abrasion or abfraction. Tooth abrasions and cervical abfractions are often associated with very distinctive hard tissue loss resulting in a decreased satisfaction of patients with their appearance, the oral well-being, the chewing comfort and an increase of tooth hypersensitivities. 

When treating severely worn teeth or teeth with abfractions, the aetiology needs to be respected in order achieve a positive long-lasting outcome of the treatment. The lecture presents background information about various non-carious dental hard tissue defects und provides an overview about respective treatments concepts.

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Thomas Attin acquired the dental state exam in 1989 at the University of Marburg, where he received his Doctorate in 1991. From 1989-1999 he worked at the universities in Heidelberg, Cologne and Freiburg i. Brg. and in a dental practice. In 1997 he was appointed as Privatdozent. In 1999 he became acting head of the Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Freie Universität Berlin as a visiting professor. 2000 he was appointed full professor and director of the Department of Operative Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry and Periodontology at University of Göttingen. In 2006 he was appointed a full professor and director of the Clinic for Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology at University of Zurich. Professor Attin is provost of the Centre for Dentistry and vice-dean of the Medical Faculty since 2013.

His research focuses on the various branches of conservative dentistry with a focus on Preventive Dentistry and Cariology.

Prof. Attin is author/co-author of more than 400 reviewed scientific publications.