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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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 »