Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, root sensitivity, or just sensitivity, is a common patient complaint in most dental offices. It is defined as a brief, severe pain arising from exposed dentin in response to stimuli which cannot be attributed to any other form of dental defect or pathology. The pain associated with dentin hypersensitivity affects over 50 percent of the population, yet the majority of sufferers are unaware that the condition can be easily identified and treated.
In fact, many sufferers choose to alter their behavior to avoid the pain. Some may avoid certain foods and beverages. Others may neglect their oral hygiene, fail to comply with oral care instructions from their dental professional, or avoid dental visits altogether. Altering behavior in these ways may increase the risk of other dental complications.
There are many ways to treat tooth sensitivity. The majority of treatments fall into one of two categories: at home desensitizing agents or in-office treatments. With many options available, we encourage patients to ask for desensitizer rather than continuing to suffer from this very treatable condition.
Dr. Sam Halabo is considered an expert for treating tooth sensitivity. He is passionate about providing the best oral care to his patients. Dr. Halabo is a frequent industry lecturer, thought leader and new product evaluator. Dr. Halabo maintains a full time private practice in Chula Vista, California.