What seem to be white spots, streaks or specs on the enamel of your teeth is generally referred to as Hypoplasia. Hypoplasia can happen to anyone at any age.
Hypoplasia is a result of defective or incomplete formation of tooth enamel at a very early age. That is the simplified version of a long explanation of technical verbiage that simply means the enamel on one or more of your teeth has been compromised.
There are various causes of Hypoplasia including hereditary, tooth trauma, nutritional deficiency, ingestion of chemicals such as fluoride, and skin disease such as measles, chickenpox, scarlet fever and more.
True Signs of Hypoplasia
- Soft spots on the enamel of your teeth
- Enamel that chips from the teeth easily
- Stains on the crowns of your teeth (white, yellow, brown)
- Severe staining or pitting of the tooth enamel
- White or opaque colored chips on the enamel
In some cases, these areas of weakening enamel could indicate the erosion of a healthy part of the tooth, at times even penetrating the dentin (or second layer) of the tooth.
Seeking Treatment for Hypoplasia
At first signs of any type of stain on the teeth, it is best to call your dental professional.
Top New Jersey dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem, specializes in cosmetic and sedation dentistry and has been treating and creating beautiful smiles for Ocean County residents for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Rotem’s experience, knowledge and caring nature will be of great advantage to you during your initial exam. Dr. Rotem believes in being extremely thorough in the examination of your teeth giving him the ability to distinguish the cause of your Hypoplasia. Once the cause is clearly determined, then a treatment plan will be presented to you for your full understanding of the necessary procedure and how much time it will take for the completion of work.
Regardless of how small a white spot on your teeth may appear to you, contact Dr.Rotem immediately to avoid anything more serious from developing.
If you have white spots on your teeth, weakened enamel or dark stains on the crowns of your teeth, call Dr. Rotem today.
© content Reynolds Marketing LLC 2013 – 2014