Amelogenesis imperfecta, or amelogenesis, is a condition that’s present from birth and affects the structure, appearance and health of the teeth. The disorder can mean teeth are unusually small, but it’s the effect on the enamel that is most noticeable due to the lack of proteins present. Teeth are visibly affected as the condition results in pitted, grooved and discolored teeth which are prone to early tooth decay, tooth loss, and extreme wear / breakage.
Perhaps one of the biggest impacts amelogenesis has on a person is their confidence. The appearance of their smile can often leave people shying away from social occasions, covering their mouths when they laugh and generally keeping them from smiling to a minimum so as not to display their teeth.
Teeth whitening is not an option to improve the appearance of the teeth and treat discoloration, as there is little enamel present to whiten and the teeth are very sensitive. Using teeth whitening products may harm the affected tooth as there is no enamel to protect the tooth from the invasive and harmful chemicals.
There are however a number of more invasive / surgical dental treatment options available, depending on the type and severity of the condition.
Not only is the confidence and social life of an individual suffering from amelogenesis imperfecta affected, but other aspects of oral hygiene are at risk too. Due to the nature of the condition, the gums and teeth are far more susceptible to other conditions that can cause them to deteriorate.
To try and counter these further negative effects caused by amelogenesis, very structured and strict maintenance is required.
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