A recent NoPlak News newsletter (Jan., 2017) discussed the various etiologies of dentinal hypersensitivity (DH). The hydrodynamic theory is the current accepted mechanism of action for sensitivity. We will discuss the treatment strategies and products for DH in this issue. A combination of at-home and in-office treatment may need to be instituted to obtain the best results for reducing dentinal hypersensitivity.
The treatment of DH, whether at home or in-office, will focus on 2 goals:
- Occluding the dentinal tubules
- Impeding the stimulation of pulpal nerve receptors