Journal article

Aesthetic management of severely fluorosed incisors in an adolescent female

F Ng, DJ Manton

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | AUSTRALIAN DENTAL ASSOC INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Dental fluorosis is a condition of enamel hypomineralization due to the effects of excessive fluoride on ameloblasts during enamel formation. Delayed degradation of enamel matrix proteins or inhibited protein removal results in impaired and incomplete crystal growth, producing hypomineralized and porous enamel. Severely fluorosed teeth may undergo post-eruptive surface breakdown and post-eruptive dark brown to black staining. METHODS: A 13 year old girl presented with severely discoloured maxillary central incisors. Initial aesthetic management of these teeth was conservative, including in-office tooth whitening, microabrasion and take-home whitening. RESULTS: Dark brown to black..

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