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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 569-572

Lasers in the management of dentinal hypersensitivity


1 Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, RMDCH, Annamalai Univesity, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, RMDCH, Annamalai Univesity, India
3 Reader, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, RMDCH, Annamalai Univesity, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. A Shafie Ahamed
Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, RMDCH, Annamalai Univesity
India
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Tooth hypersensitivity is a relatively common problem that is encountered in routine clinical practices by the dentists. Hypersensitive dentin implies an abnormal sensitivity experienced by the patients when there is exposure of dentinal tubules to mechanical, chemical and thermal stimuli. Dentinal hypersensitivity has multi-factorial etiology and gener- ally more than one factor is found associated and active in this painful manifestation. Therefore, more than one treat- ment modality should be associated to desensitize the dentin to satisfactory levels. With the advent of laser technology and its growing utilization in dentistry, an additional therapeutic option is available for the treatment of dentinal pain. Combination of laser energy with fluoride varnish is an effective treatment method. Hence treating dentinal hypersensitivity is no longer an enigma to dentists.


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