Amelogenesis imperfecta (patient information)
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Amelogenesis imperfecta is a tooth development disorder in which the teeth are covered with thin, abnormally formed enamel.
What are the symptoms of Amelogenesis imperfecta?
The enamel of the tooth is soft and thin. The teeth appear yellow and are easily damaged. Both baby teeth and permanent teeth are affected.
What causes Amelogenesis imperfecta?
Amelogenesis imperfecta is passed down through families as a dominant trait. That means you only need to get the abnormal gene from one parent in order for you to get the disease.
A dentist can identify and diagnose the condition.
When to seek urgent medical care?
Call your dentist if you have symptoms of this condition.
The treatment depends on the severity of the problem. Full crowns will improve the appearance of the teeth and protect them from damage.
Where to find medical care for Amelogenesis imperfecta?
What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?
Treatment is often successful in protecting the teeth.
The enamel is easily fractured and damaged, which affects the appearance of the teeth, especially if left untreated.