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Did You Know the Teeth Can Grow in without Enamel?

Posted on 6/20/2016 by Dr. Jay
A diagram of how a dental crown works.Enamel is an extremely hard substance that is designed to protect the teeth from decay and other problems. However, in some rare cases, the teeth can actually grow in without enamel.

If you are living with enamel hypoplasia, you'll need to take special care if you want to keep your teeth healthy.

What Causes Enamel Hypoplasia?

Enamel hypoplasia is a pretty uncommon condition, and it often results from an inherited issue or because your teeth have been exposed to certain substances while erupting.

Both the baby teeth and the permanent teeth can be born with missing enamel or existing enamel that is simply too weak to provide any real benefit.

Enamel hypoplasia isn't well understood, so in addition to genetic disorders or simply inheriting the condition, some potential causes of the problem include poor oral hygiene throughout pregnancy and/or infancy, infection during pregnancy, teeth and jaw trauma, and exposure to certain chemicals during pregnancy.

How is Enamel Hypoplasia Treated?

So, if you are born without an adequate amount of enamel, what can be done to keep your teeth from experiencing trauma, decay, and other damage?

There isn't a way to create or regrow the enamel, but there are treatments that can make up for the delicate state of your teeth. In adults, options include bonding, sealants, and even crowns.

While bonding and sealants are relatively affordable, both options will require that you have some level of enamel so that the two restorations can adhere to the surface of your teeth.

Crowns are a more intense treatment option, and they are best suited for teeth with no enamel. A crown will cover the entire tooth, restoring it to its original structure and function.

While the tooth will look just like the rest of your teeth, these restorations are usually more expensive than sealants and bonding, especially if you need multiple crowns.

Please contact us if you have any questions about hypoplasia.
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As a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Barakat is recognized as one of the top implant dentists in the United States. He is 1 of 7 Board Certified Implantologists in the state of Virginia and 1 of 4 Virginian dentists who specializes in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession.
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