Enamel Defects

By February 3, 2019Family 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.

to learn more about restorations in your pet.