Planning and Care for Children and Adolescents with Dental Enamel Defects

Etiology, Research and Contemporary Management

  • Bernadette K. Drummond
  • Nicola Kilpatrick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Robert P. Anthonappa, Nigel M. King
    Pages 15-30
  3. Karin L. Weerheijm, Marlies E. C. Elfrink, Nicky Kilpatrick
    Pages 31-44
  4. Mike Harrison, Angus Cameron, Nicky Kilpatrick
    Pages 45-58
  5. Bernadette K. Drummond, Winifred Harding
    Pages 99-112
  6. Suzanne M. Hanlin, Lucy A. L. Burbridge, Bernadette K. Drummond
    Pages 139-155
  7. Agata Czajka-Jakubowska, Jun Liu, Sywe-Ren Chang, Brian H. Clarkson
    Pages 157-167
  8. Bernadette K. Drummond, Nicky Kilpatrick
    Pages 169-170
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 171-175

About this book


Developmental Defects of Enamel (DDE) pose a significant dental problem for children and adolescents. Affected teeth are discolored, often sensitive and prone to fracture or wear easily, increasing the risk of dental caries. Furthermore, they are often very difficult to restore because conventional dental materials do not bond effectively to the defective enamel. Clinically, affected individuals have heightened levels of dental anxiety making management challenging and stressful for the child, parent and clinician alike.

This book discusses the epidemiology and etiology of DDE, including defects of both primary and permanent teeth, associated syndromes, Molar Incisor Hypomineralization and more generalized genetic defects. The structure and mechanical properties of affected enamel are discussed particularly in relation to clinical behavior. The signs and symptoms that allow accurate diagnosis are outlined and management protocols described. The clinical chapters are well illustrated, providing clear, evidence based guidelines where appropriate.  Importantly the impact of living with DDE is explored from the young person’s perspective. These insights challenge the dental profession to seek improved understanding of the condition and to develop new management strategies. Avenues for future research are identified that may help the profession rise to this challenge and to better meet the needs and expectations of future generations of children and adolescents.


Amelogenesis Imperfecta Caries Prevention Enamel Hypomineraliation Enamel Hypoplasia Restoring Defective Enamel

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernadette K. Drummond
    • 1
  • Nicola Kilpatrick
    • 2
  1. 1.Oral SciencesUniversity of Otago School of DentistryDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Cleft and Craniofacial ResearchMurdoch Childrens Research InstituteMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-44799-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-44800-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Consumer Packaged Goods