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Article: Volume 45 Number 10 Page 961 - November 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 961-972

Paediatric dentistry:  Developmental Defects of Enamel in Primary Molars: A Review

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Abstract: Developmental defects of enamel (DDE) are not uncommon in both the primary and permanent dentition. This article presents a review of the current literature and describes the definition, prevalence, aetiology, diagnosis and management of primary molars affected by DDE.

Clinical relevance: This article describes the diagnosis and management of DDE in practice to aid treatment planning in children with primary molars affected by DDE.

Author notes: Sophie Marshall, BSc(Hons), BDS(Hons), M(Paed Dent) RCPS(Glasg), Specialty Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Thayalan Kandiah, BSc, BDS(Wales), MFDS RCS(Ed), MClinDent, Paediatric Dentistry (QMUL), MPaed Dent RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Glas) Cert, Dental Sedation and Pain Management (UCL), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5RH, UK.

Objective: To identify and manage developmental defects of enamel in primary molars.

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