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Clinical Solutions for Developmental Defects of Enamel and Dentin in Children

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Developmental defects of enamel (DDE) are frequently observed in pediatric dental patients. Proper diagnosis may improve the clinician's dental care. The purpose of this article is to present the clinical management of some common dental defects: (1) hypoplasia; (2) diffuse and demarcated opacities; (3) fluorosis; (4) amelogenesis imperfecta (AI); and (5) dentinogenesis imperfecta (DI). The comprehensive management of DDE in children and adolescents should include: (1) active follow-up and observation involving oral hygiene instructions; and (2) dietary consultation. Preventive care should be individually tailored according to the patient's risk-assessment analysis. The treatment of DDE involves an approach that includes several disciplines, including: (1) pediatric dentistry; (2) orthodontics; (3) perioprosthetics; and (4) psychology. A close follow-up is essential to achieve long-term success.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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