In the battle to reduce and stop tooth sensitivity, companies have created products that temporarily plug up open tubules in teeth’s exposed dentin. As people age, gums recede, enamel wears away and the exposes the dentin, the part of the tooth that causes discomfort to heat and cold. Dentin is the underlying material, that’s under the tooth enamel and below the gum line. When someone brushes their teeth with desensitizing toothpaste, a chemical, such as Potassium Nitrate, plugs up small, microscopic holes in the dentin. This action of clogging up of the dentin tubules causes the reduction in tooth sensitivity. A new product on the market, called Complete Desensitizer, by Kor, actually fuses to the dentin tubules, creating a strong, chemical bond, resulting in long term pain relief. The chemical reaction, fuses a chemical called calcium oxalate, to the tubule material (hydroxyapatite) and actually goes into the tubules.
Clinical use of this newly available product include sensitivity reduction in teeth whitening, general and specific tooth sensitivity, after surgery pain and in special toothpastes and mouth rinses. Look for more products with this new treatment option to come out soon. It may be for professional, in-office use only, initially.