Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of two agents for treating cervical dentin sensitivity associated with gingival recession or noncarious cervical lesions. Methods: 44 patients with at least mild sensitivity affecting cervical dentin were enrolled in a longitudinal randomized clinical trial. A resin-based desensitizer or an experimental glass-ionomer was assigned to treat at most two teeth from each side of the mouth. Sensitivity was assessed by tactile and cold tests, measured with a Visual Analogue Scale at baseline, after treatment, and at 1 week, 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after treatment. Other noteworthy clinical observations were recorded. Results: Both treatments effectively reduced dentin sensitivity (mixed linear model analysis). Sensitivity score for the glass-ionomer was significantly lower than for the resin-based desensitizer after treatment and at all follow-up periods (P< 0.0001). Some overhanging margins were observed in the glass-ionomer group, which could accumulate plaque and cause gingivitis. Despite material loss from some teeth treated with the glass-ionomer, the follow-up sensitivity scores were still lower than baseline scores.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American journal of dentistry|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2006|