Dentin Hypersensitivity: A Commonly Underdiagnosed
Condition

Dentin hypersensitivity is a common and painful condition that causes short, sharp pain for patients.
It can arise when the dentin of the teeth becomes exposed to external stimuli (like eating or drinking),
and is most often prevalent in patients 20–50 years old.1

Causes of Sensitivity Graphic

Why Dentin Hypersensitivity Happens: The Hydrodynamic Theory1,2

Causes of Sensitivity Graphic

Why Dentin Hypersensitivity Is Underdiagnosed

Though often a conversation with the dentist is all that’s needed, dentin hypersensitivity can be a challenge for patients to describe, making it harder for clinicians to accurately diagnose.3 By nature, it is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning conditions that can mimic symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity must be ruled out via a differential diagnosis.2

Conditions to Rule Out2:

  • Fractured restorations
  • Dental caries
  • Cracked tooth syndrome
  • Chipped teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Post-restorative sensitivity
  • Marginal leakage
  • Pulpitis
  • Palatogingival groove
Woman Getting Dental Checkup

Leading Causes

of Dentin Hypersensitivity

Dentin hypersensitivity can be painful and difficult to diagnose, but there are signs you can look for.

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Man Brushing Sensitive Teeth

Managing Dentin Hypersensitivity

It starts with having a discussion with your patients: Diagnose. Discuss. Educate. Recommend.

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Sensodyne Products

The Science of Sensodyne®

Sensodyne uses active ingredients potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride to provide clinically proven sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing.

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Woman Getting Dental Checkup

Leading Causes of Dentin Hypersensitivity

Dentin hypersensitivity can be painful and difficult to diagnose, but there are signs you can look for.

Learn More

Man Brushing Sensitive Teeth

Managing Dentin Hypersensitivity

It starts with having a discussion with your patients: Diagnose. Discuss. Educate. Recommend.

Learn More

Sensodyne Products

The Science of Sensodyne®

Sensodyne uses active ingredients potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride to provide clinically proven sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing.

Learn More

References:

1. Addy M. Dentine hypersensitivity: new perspectives on an old problem. Int Dent J. 2002;52(5)(suppl 1):367–375.

2. Pashley D, et al. Dentin hypersensitivity: consensus-based recommendations for the diagnosis & management of dentin hypersensitivity. Newtown, PA: AEGIS Publications; 2008.

3. Guignon AN. Dentinal hypersensitivity. http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-34/issue-7/features/dentinal-hypersensitivity.html. Published 2014. Accessed July 12, 2017.