Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of dentin hypersensitivity


  • Tarik Mohammed Ali Al Alakkad Department of Restorative Dentistry, Al Thager Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Asma Husain Al Enezi College of Dentistry, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • Marwan Saeed Alazraqi University Medical Services Center, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulrahman Osama Qurban College of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Lujain Saeed Alhazmi College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Khalid Mustafa Ballol Dental Department, East Jeddah Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Slwan Mohammed Al Madani College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Mansour Hebah Almakrami Dental Department, New Najran General Hospital, Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Ali Ahmed Alomran General Dentist, Elite Dental Clinic, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
  • Rafaa Abdulsamad Hakami College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
  • Sarah Saeed Alqahtani College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia



Dentin hypersensitivity, Tooth sensitivity, Dental pain, Tooth sensitivity management, Dental care


Dentin sensitivity is a problem characterized by brief sharp pain that occurs in response to things like changes in temperature, sweet or sour substances and mechanical factors. This condition significantly affects the lives of patients leading to restrictions and changes in oral hygiene routines. It is crucial for care to understand the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management of dentin sensitivity. The development of dentin sensitivity is closely related to the structure of teeth which involves the exposure of tubes in the dentin that contain nerve endings sensitive to stimuli. Different theories, such as the theory and direct innervation theory provide insights into how this pain occurs. Diagnosis involves an evaluation of signs and symptoms along with patient history and specific tests to confirm sensitivity. Management options include adjusting behaviors using desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride applications utilizing bonding agents or even undergoing procedures like gingival grafts. These approaches aim to reduce pain and improve the quality of life for individuals affected by dentin sensitivity. Dental professionals play a role, in diagnosing, treating and educating patients about this condition to ensure results and better oral health.


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How to Cite

Alakkad, T. M. A. A., Enezi, A. H. A., Alazraqi, M. S., Qurban, A. O., Alhazmi, L. S., Ballol, K. M., Madani, S. M. A., Almakrami, M. H., Alomran, A. A., Hakami, R. A., & Alqahtani, S. S. (2023). Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of dentin hypersensitivity. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(1), 449–453.



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