Title: Clinical diagnosis and management of dentin hypersensitivity, practical suggestions for its diagnosis and management
The aim of this presentation is to consider the problems that may be associated with diagnosing dental pain, in particular dentin hypersensitivity (DH) and to advise on the management on the condition. It is evident from reading the published literature that clinicians are not routinely examining their patients for DH or considering eliminating other possible causes of dental pain (differential diagnosis) prior to any subsequent management. One of the problems that clinicians face when trying to diagnose dental pain, is that there are several clinical conditions that may elicit the same clinical symptoms as DH. It is therefore important that the clinician eliminates any other possible cause of dental pain by recording a thorough medical, dental, and social history together with a well conducted clinical examination with the relevant tests before a correct diagnosis of DH is determined. Furthermore, the collection of information relating to the aetiology, predisposing factors and clinical symptoms associated with DH is also relevant to the successful management of the condition. DH is by its definition, a diagnosis of exclusion which focuses the clinician to conduct a differential diagnosis leading to a definitive conclusion, however in some instances, this can be a prolonged process particularly in a new patient. During the presentation several strategies for successful management of DH will be proposed highlighting the importance of prevention and motivation of the patient together the appropriate in-office (professionally applied) and over the counter products to help resolve the problem and its impact of the individual’s quality of life.
Audience Take Away:
- To highlight the problems in diagnosing dental pain, in particular dentine hypersensitivity (DH).
- To help clinicians identify the key clinical features of conflicting dental conditions prior to making a definitive diagnosis.
- To help clinicians use a management strategy that may help them in the treatment of DH.
- To highlight the importance of prevention and motivation in the management of DH.