Advances in the Management of Dentin Hypersensitivity: An Updated Review

Van Viet Dam1, 2, The Hanh Nguyen1, 2, Hai Anh Trinh1, 2, *, Da Thi Dung2, Trinh Dinh Hai2
1 Department of Implantology, Ha Noi National Hospital of Odonto-stomatology, Hanoi, Vietnam
2 VNU School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Objective: The objective of this narrative review is to present an overview of dentin hypersensitivity and of the prevalence, etiology, mechanism, diagnosis, and clinical management.


Available articles (research, reviews, commentary, views, or editorial) on hypersensitivity were searched and reviewed from January 1990 till March 2021 in Pubmed, Scopus, Google Scholar, and Science Direct. Relevant studies in English were included and critically analyzed in this article.


Dentin hypersensitivity causes severe pain. The most effective and least invasive remedy is using desensitizing toothpaste. In addition, based on the dentin hypersensitivity severity, management can be done professionally in-office and through self-applied at-home treatments.


Although dentin hypersensitivity causes severe pain, it can be treated using a proper remedy. Correct diagnosis helps in the proper management of dentine hypersensitivity.

Management of dentinal hypersensitivity should be done with more conservative strategies first, followed by irreversible dental interventions.

Keywords : Hypersensitivity, Dental, Treatment, Dentinal tubules, Root surface, Dentin hypersensitivity.