Managing Dentin Hypersensitivity
By Richard D. Trushkowsky, DDS, FAGD, FICD, FACD, FADM
Dentin hypersensitivity is one of the most common painful conditions affecting oral comfort and function. The Canadian consensus document has defined it as “pain derived from exposed dentin in response to chemical, thermal, tactile or osmotic stimuli which cannot be explained as arising from any other dental defect or disease. It may affect up to 85% of the population. The disease is common in patients age 20 to 50, but becomes more prevalent in patients from age 30 to 40, particularly women. Among periodontal patients, the occurrence of cervical dentin sensitivity ranges between 72% to 98%. This condition occurs most frequently in canines and premolars, and often involves buccal surfaces.