Amelogenesis imperfecta - lifelong management. Restorative management of the adult patient

Br Dent J. 2013 Nov 8;215(9):449-57. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.1045.


The biggest challenge restorative dentists face in rehabilitating patients with amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) is trying to restore aesthetics, function and occlusal stability while keeping the treatment as conservative as possible. The goals of treatment should be to prolong the life of the patient's own teeth and avoid or delay the need for extractions and subsequent replacement with conventional fixed, removable or implant retained prostheses. In order to achieve these goals a stepwise approach to treatment planning is required starting with the most conservative but aesthetically acceptable treatment. This article discusses the management of AI and presents the various treatment options available for restoring the adult patient who presents to the dentist with AI.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta / surgery
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta / therapy*
  • Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Porcelain / therapeutic use
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent* / methods
  • Denture, Partial, Removable
  • Enamel Microabrasion
  • Humans
  • Resins, Synthetic / therapeutic use
  • Tooth Bleaching


  • Dental Implants
  • Resins, Synthetic
  • Dental Porcelain