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What is Enamel Hypoplasia?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Brandon Cooley
What is Enamel Hypoplasia?Enamel hypoplasia is a condition that involves underdevelopment of the tooth enamel, the hard white protective outer layer on your teeth. Even though the enamel is the hardest bone in our body, certain factors can interfere with its development causing weakened enamel to develop.

People who have enamel hypoplasia often see lines of discoloration on their teeth. In a few cases, the entire tooth may turn brown.

At Cooley Smiles, Dr. Aaron Cooley and Dr. Brandon Cooley can help you understand what enamel hypoplasia is and how to treat it.

Causes of Enamel Hypoplasia?

Enamel hypoplasia may be due to genetic factors or environmental factors.

Genetic enamel hypoplasia is inherited and affects the teeth development in your mouth. In mild cases, the disorder only affects a small surface of one tooth, but in severe cases, multiple teeth may be discolored.

Environmental enamel hypoplasia manifests in the same way as genetic enamel hypoplasia. However, its causes are different and include malnutrition, premature birth, trauma to the developing teeth, or bacterial or viral infections.

Treatment for Enamel Hypoplasia?

We can treat your enamel hypoplasia depending on the extent and severity of the condition. If the symptoms are very mild, we will typically recommend a normal dental care check up with additional care to the affected tooth to prevent decay. Some teeth may respond well to whitening treatment as well.
For more severe cases, we recommend the use of sealants to protect the teeth from the harmful effect of bacteria. We may also recommend dental fillings, dental bonding, veneers, and crowns.

If you find out that you have a genetic disposition for enamel hypoplasia, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with us for a diagnosis by calling us at (425) 998-6998. The earlier the condition is detected, the earlier we can treat it and prevent additional issues like tooth decay down the line.
Although we cannot prevent genetic enamel hypoplasia, there are some ways you can reduce the risk of environmental hypoplasia. This includes getting a nutritional and well-balanced diet and using Vitamin A and D to make developing teeth strong.

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