Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 93 - February 2017

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Restorative dentistry:  Severe Fluorosis Treated by Microabrasion and Composite Veneers

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Abstract: Dental fluorosis results from excessive intake of fluoride either from water resources or products in early childhood. It results in varying degrees of discoloration and pitting of the teeth. This article aims to highlight the conservative management techniques available for managing the aesthetic impact of fluorosis and highlights what can be achieved conservatively with the use of adhesive dentistry.

Clinical relevance: Fluorosis can have a huge impact on dental aesthetics, depending on its extent. This in turn can affect a patient’s confidence and daily life immensely. In the past, severe fluorosis may have been managed in a more destructive manner with indirect restorations.

Author notes: Philippa Hoyle, BChD(Hons), MJDF(RCS Eng), Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, 76 Wellesley Road, Sheffield S10 2SZ (, Lyndsey Webb, BDS(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng), Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry and Peter Nixon, BChD, MDSc, MFDS RCS(Ed), FDS(Rest Dent), RCS(Ed), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9LU, UK.

Objective: To explain the clinical manifestations of dental fluorosis and the conservative options available for its management.