Management of developmental enamel defects in the primary dentition

J Oral Sci. 2017;59(3):457-460. doi: 10.2334/josnusd.16-0805.


This study attempted to identify appropriate materials for restoration of enamel defects in the primary dentition, which were classified by severity and region with the modified developmental defects of enamel index. To identify the most appropriate materials, we used restorative materials to protect teeth and evaluated clinical outcomes of restoration. Three materials were used for restoration or repair after dislodgement of restorations. Our findings in this case suggest that, because of its durability and esthetic advantages, adhesive resin is beneficial for patients with enamel defects, particularly for restorations of less than two-thirds of the extent of the defect.

Keywords: adhesive resin; developmental defects of enamel index; primary dentition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Dental Enamel / pathology*
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Tooth, Deciduous*
  • Treatment Outcome