Dental Enamel Hypoplasia

What Is Enamel Hypoplasia

  • Enamel hypoplasia is a tooth enamel deformity  in these cases enamel contain less than the normal amount of tooth enamel. The deformity of enamel is usually localized, which results in small dents, grooves or pits on the outer surface of the tooth.
  • Due to this deformity  the affected tooth’s surface very rough, brown and yellow in color.
  • This deformity affects deciduous and permanent teeth.
  • In severe enamel hypoplasia cases the affected tooth to be misshapen or abnormally small.

Enamel hypoplasia is may be caused by

  • Malnutrition; during Pregnancy a mother third trimester can increase the risk of  enamel hypoplasia will occur because this is the time enamel is forming.
  • Lack of vitamin D, and genetics. The condition presents as discolored teeth.
  • Illness, Infection and  fever during tooth formation.
  • Some medications can also affect the tooth that was tooth formation at the time of dosage.
  • Environmental factors exposed to toxic chemicals can interfere with tooth formation.
  • Heredity: If the mother is suffering from enamel hypoplasia, there is a chance she could pass the condition along to her child.
  • The exact cause of enamel hypoplasia cannot be determined and difficult to diagnose.

Dental enamel hypoplasia symptoms

Dental  enamel appear

  • Discolored spots on teeth that are brown, yellow or white.
  • Thinner than it is on other teeth

In severe cases,

  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Darkened appearance teeth.

Enamel hypoplasia that occurs on Adult Permanent Teeth increases the risk for cavities and tooth sensitivity, you may require treatment in some cases to strengthen your teeth and  improve your cosmetic appearance.


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