Enamel hypoplasia is a quantitative developmental defect affecting the enamel. A disturbance in the matrix formation during teeth development causes pits, fissures, lines, furrows, etc., on the crown. These areas are deficient in enamel. Genetic predisposition, stress, trauma, infection (Turner's tooth), nutritional deficiency, etc., are attributed to its etiology. Hypoplasia due to genetics are generalized, affecting all the teeth, and hypoplasia due to local factors affect either one or two teeth. Teeth in enamel hypoplasia are yellowish to brownish in appearance. These increase the risk of caries and poor oral hygiene and are esthetically inappreciable.
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Is fluorosis genetic and gets transmitted from parents?
Query: Hello doctor, About nine years ago, my friends and I did moronic stuff. For nearly a month, we inhaled duster, which is difluoroethane or something similar. I do not know how many cans I used, maybe 20. I recently read that it can cause fluorosis. We also drank Listerine twice, which may or may not ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Enamel hypoplasia results from deficiency, trauma during calcification, enamel destruction during crown formation, and genetic defect. Fluorosis is not linked with hypoplasia. Also, fluorosis can occur due to a concentration of fluoride of mo... Read Full »
What are the options to whiten teeth, which are brown due to high chlorine in the water?
Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to make my teeth white. I am brushing my teeth twice a day. But it is not working. My region has high chlorine in water and so I have brown teeth. What is the solution? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The brown appearance of teeth is not related to stains or plaque. There is actual chipping of enamel showing a brown dentin layer. This condition is referred to as enamel hypoplasia. If anyone in your family has this similar condition, then it is known as amelogenesis i... Read Full »
All my teeth have cavities and I am ashamed to smile. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I have big issues with getting cavities. I take good care of my teeth, never had any soda in almost four years. I keep getting cavities in the bottom of my front and back teeth. Almost all my teeth have cavities. I really want to get them fixed but I have always been embarrassed to go to... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have enamel hypoplasia which is a sort of defect when the teeth were forming or genetic. You can ask your dentist to give crowns to all teeth which have such large broken cavities. Else, yo... Read Full »
What is the treatment for soft teeth that chip off easily in a baby?
Query: Hello doctor, My baby is one year old. She has soft teeth in the front and she is not able to bite anything with the upper teeth. If she bites, the teeth start chipping. What am I to do? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the enamel matrix formation is deficient, it will result in soft teeth that chips and/or decays easily. It may also result in an atypical or abnormal tooth shape. This is called enamel hypoplasia. Treatment for this dental condition includes removal of the very soft... Read Full »
How to make white spots on teeth less noticeable?
Query: Hi doctor, I recently started getting white spots on my two front teeth. What is it? How can I make it less noticeable? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. White spots on the teeth might be due to: Plaque (tartar) accumulation on the teeth due to improper brushing. Decalcification of the outer enamel layer of the tooth called the enamel hypoplasia. Initial stages of tooth decay called incipient caries. Fluorosis. ... Read Full »
Please suggest a way to correct my teeth problem.
Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know the ways to fix my teeth and make them better. Please explain. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly ask your question in detail with your exact problem, so that I can answer your doubts to my best. Revert back with more details to a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist Read Full »
Is GA necessary for dental procedures on a 2.6-year-old?
Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2.6 years old. His four front teeth look black now. The enamel did not form in the front teeth when it erupted. Also, the molars have very deep cavity as can be seen in the image and there are other small cavities too. His teeth were crooked and got decayed so fast. The pedodont... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no need for such procedure at this age. The front four teeth will usually never cause any pain to the child, but it has to remain there to maintain the space till the permanent teeth come in its space. So, leave the front four teeth as it is. The molar teeth, whi... Read Full »