The original cause of hypoplasia or hypocalcification is difficult to pinpoint but some possible causes can include unknown disturbances during the mineralization of the tooth, systemic disturbances that happen over a long period of time, trauma, and fluorosis too much fluoride during development. Although it is usually seen as a white discoloration, it is also not uncommon for a tooth to have a brown or yellow discoloration as well. The most common teeth affected with hypoplasia or hypocalcification are the two front teeth and the first permanent molars, although it can happen to any tooth in the mouth.
Since the enamel of permanent teeth is slightly transparent, the yellowish colour of the underlying dentine is shown through it. Therefore, permanent teeth will appear slightly yellowish. As we get older, the dentine increasingly grows thicker, and it is normal that our teeth become more yellowish.
Parents and kids look forward to the first baby teeth falling out, because each lost tooth is a sign of healthy growth. Asinmaz and his staff at are excited to share important information and good oral hygiene habits with their younger patients, and their parents. Asinmaz will deduce if the yellowing is due to poor oral hygiene, tetracycline staining, fluorosis or decay.
As a child loses a tooth, there is much anticipation of the arrival of the brand new tooth. Sometimes the anticipation felt by the parent is replaced with concern after noticing white spots on the newly erupted tooth. The white spots on teeth could be Hypoplasia or Hypocalcification, conditions that occurs during the development of some teeth.
This is one of the most common questions I get from parents of 6 and 7 year-olds. This yellow appearance is also enhanced by the fact that they sit right next to baby teeth. This contrast between they very white baby teeth makes the grown up teeth look even more yellow.
My daughter is six years old and has lost all of her front baby teeth. Now that most of her adult teeth are growing in, we are really stressing the importance of flossing every day. Her smile is beautiful.
Examples include preeclampsia, traumatic birth or recurrent childhood infections up to the age of three years. In the past dentists used to call it "cheese molars". The teeth can have mild defects ranging from small white spots, outlining where the weak enamel is, to yellow or brown discoloration and missing enamel.
You probably already know just how important your teeth are. They help you talk. They allow you to chew.
I think our pediatric dentist said this is what my son has - although I can't recall the exact words enamel hypoplasia he said the enamel didn't form properly and the teeth are becoming brittle. He wants to cap all 4 back molars under general anesthesia at an outpatient center. Does this sound like a common solution?