Enamel Defects

By February 3, 2019 Family Pet Veterinary Blog

As described in a recent post, dental conditions are often hidden and painful. The following posts are going to help describe conditions that pets can get as well as treatment. Many people I talk with are surprised how we can help pets with dental conditions and save teeth whenever possible.

The above image explains enamel defects well.

Some cases of enamel hypomineralization appear as discoloration. While this is not only cosmetic, it is important to help seal any access to the central aspect of the teeth.

Other cases have focal defects.

Once the defects have been sealed, the restorations will wear away as they are not as strong as natural enamel and there are inherent defects in the patient’s underlying tooth quality. In most cases, restorations can and should be reapplied.

Just as noted in other reasons for restorations such as caries and uncomplicated crown fractures, x-rays are needed before a restoration is applied and 6 months later. These patients, as well as every pet, should have intraoral x-rays with preventative cleaning procedures at least every 12 months.

Contact us to learn more about restorations in your pet.