The burden of dentine hypersensitivity



  • Dentine hypersensitivity is a significant burden for patients and practitioners. Knowing its prevalence and methods for accurate diagnosis is imperative to guide treatment decisions and develop new treatments. In this chapter, we describe the methods commonly used to diagnose dentine hypersensitivity including self-reports, clinical tests to elicit pain, and clinical examination to exclude other causes of tooth pain. The prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity is presented through a systematic review of the studies published since 1964. A wide range of estimates of prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity was observed in 56 studies, from as low as 1.8% to as high as 84%, and this heterogeneity could not be completely explained by study characteristics. The meta-analysis revealed that the average prevalence of all studies was 33% and the best estimate was approximately 10%.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780128016312
  • Start Page

  • 34
  • End Page

  • 44