Dentinal hypersensitivity is a common dental complaint, especially in periodontal patients. It is believed to be mediated by a hydrodynamic mechanism in which various stimuli result in increased fluid flow in dentinal tubules, thereby generating action potentials in associated nerve fibers. Although it is often perceived as mild discomfort by the patient, it can be severe. A variety of interventions has been used, although few have been subjected to rigorous study. This article surveys those in-office treatments that are available, and suggests directions for research so that clinicians may treat patients based on best evidence. Until such evidence is available, it seems prudent to employ therapies that are least likely to cause harm and are reversible.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Dental Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jan 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Dentistry (all)