Dentin Hypersensitivity

Explore the content below to find clinically applicable information on diagnosing and treating dentin hypersensitivity.

Over the years, dental professionals have had the choice of a large variety of market-ed products that made claims to help relieve the symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity. Recent advances in technology have resulted in the development of novel products that have been clinically tested and shown to be effective in providing instant relief after only a single application.

The following case reports demonstrate real-world applications of Colgate’s Pro-Argin® Technology—an innovative, science-based solution for the treatment of dentin hypersensitivity. Synopses of these cases, as well as articles highlighting the scientific and clinical evidence in support of this treatment, can be found in Dentin Hypersensitivity: Current Concepts in Management, a supplement to Inside Dentistry.

An online continuing education article offering 2 FREE CE credits is also available, and an exclusive online article discusses dental erosion as an etiology of dentin hypersensitivity.

Online Exclusive: Dental Erosion: An Increasingly Common Cause of Dentin Hypersensitivity

Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH
Houston, Texas

Erosion is considered the most important factor in the development of dentin hypersensitivity. Both conditions have been increasing over the past two decades and are now modern-day epidemics that may affect all age groups. Dental professionals are the guardians of oral health. We can have a profound impact not only on oral health and wellness, but on our patients’ total health as we address issues of erosion and hypersensitivity.

Approach to Dentin Hypersensitivity: Critical Factors for Management

Jessica L. Huffman, RDH, MDH
Charlotte, North Carolina

A 43-year-old woman, who has been a regular patient in the practice since 2004, presented at her 6-month appointment with a complaint of dentin hypersensitivity, which had worsened since her last visit. The sensitivity was triggered by cold air and was especially pronounced in the cervical area, involving teeth Nos. 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

Management of Inadequate Margins and Gingival Recession Presenting as Tooth Sensitivity

Nicolas Elian, DDS; and David Geon U Kim, DDS, MS
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

A 57-year-old woman presented with extensive anterior and posterior restorations. Her chief complaint was tooth sensitivity, mainly around the maxillary anterior teeth but also on several other teeth. In addition, she expressed dissatisfaction with the esthetics and perceived poor fit of the anterior veneer restorations placed many years previously.

Effective Desensitization: A Case Series

Emily Boge, RDH, BS
Manchester, Iowa

A series of 11 cases involving patients with dentin hypersensitivity was documented. These patients all presented with pain as their chief complaint. Eight patients complained of intense sensitivity noticed on a daily basis, while the remainder complained of moderate sensitivity noticed most days. In addition, most complained of pain at multiple sites. Trigger factors were drinking cold liquids, eating cold, hot, or sweet foods and snacks.