On September 29th, Dr. John O’Keefe held a live webinar on managing patients with enamel defects. His guests were Drs. Nancy Vertel and Melanie Mattson.
Dr. Nancy Vertel, certified pediatric dentist and Dr. Melanie Mattson, certified orthodontist both from the Vancouver area speak to a live audience about enamel defects in children.
Molar incisor hypomineralization issues are more common than practitioners may realize. Enamel defects are important to recognize and effectively manage as they can cause pain due to sensitivity in children.
Factors predisposing children to MIH are unclear although different systemic conditions, environmental insults, prenatal and postnatal experiences have been implicated. When molars are involved, incisors are more likely to be affected as well.
Multidisciplinary approaches are integral to the long-term success of the treatment of the patient. In restoring teeth affected by MIH, it is important to look at all the options available and discuss the treatment plan options with the patient’s parents to obtain the appropriate informed consent. No one treatment plan is THE only option; instead, it is important to consider the patient’s cooperation, potential orthodontic needs as well as financial considerations.
Playback the webinar video