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Can I Get Veneers While Having Enamel Hypoplasia?

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Enamel hypoplasia is a congenital condition that results in thin tooth enamel. It is present from birth and early childhood and can result in further dental problems if not treated.

Fortunately, there are many options to do so, including veneers. Not only can you get veneers while having enamel hypoplasia, it is one of our recommended treatments.

WHAT IS ENAMEL HYPOPLASIA?

Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. Keeping it strong and healthy is one of the primary goals of oral hygiene. Unfortunately, once lost to decay, enamel does not grow back, so preserving the enamel you have is very important.

Enamel hypoplasia occurs as a child is developing in the womb. From the start, not enough enamel is generated, so the child’s teeth are thin and prone to decay from birth. A number of factors can influence the development of this condition, including genetics. It is often inherited, and about 1 in 14,000 people in the United States are estimated to be affected by it. Other factors can include maternal vitamin D deficiencies, weight gain, smoking, and drug use.

The condition can be spotted by the presence of pits, grooves, and fissures on the teeth, as well as yellowish-brown stains where the layer of dentin is exposed. Teeth affected by enamel hypoplasia can also be sensitive to heat and cold, and bear increased risk of tooth decay and cavities.

TREATING ENAMEL HYPOPLASIA WITH VENEERS

Fortunately, veneers are one of the best ways to treat enamel hypoplasia. In fact, they may be easier to install than veneers on ordinary teeth. Usually a small portion of tooth enamel must be shaved away to install veneers. If the layer of enamel is already thin, veneers can be placed without the need to alter tooth structure.

Along with composite fillings and crowns, veneers cover up the underlying damage to the teeth, preventing further damage and presenting a sparkling, polished appearance. Veneers are among the most complete solutions for enamel hypoplasia, since they cover the entire front surface of the teeth. Either full or partial veneers can be installed, depending on the patient’s needs.

If you or your child is affected by enamel hypoplasia, consider veneers as a treatment option. They can be easily installed and make a world of difference to appearance and oral health.

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