Dentin Hypersensitivity: Beneficial effects of an arginine-calcium carbonate desensitizing paste
Dentin Hypersensitivity is a common occurrence and is often a chief concern among patients. The pain associated with dentin hypersensitivity is caused by some type of external stimulus and the sensitivity can range in its intensify from patient to patient. The successful management of dentin hypersensitivity is often very challenging for the dental professional. The cause of the pain and the description of the discomfort reported by the patient can vary. This Special Issue of the American Journal of Dentistry presents the results of studies performed testing an 8% arginine-calcium carbonate desensitizing paste, which is based on Pro-ArginTM technology, a combination of arginine and insoluble calcium compound. The Introduction paper is an overview of dentin hypersensitivity. One paper is a double-blind, stratified, randomized clinical study showing the beneficial effects of the 8% argininecalcium carbonate desensitizing paste used immediately after dental scaling procedures and its sustained relief over 4 weeks. Another paper presents the results of a double-blind, stratified, randomized clinical study showing the successful desensitizing effect of the 8% arginine-calcium carbonate paste tested, when applied as a preprocedure to professional dental cleaning. This Special Issue also includes a study conducted in vitro, testing the effect of the desensitizing paste on the surface roughness of common dental materials and human enamel. The outcome revealed no significant alterations on the surface of the enamel and the materials tested. We hope you will find these papers interesting and educational. The Journal thanks Colgate-Palmolive Company, the manufacturer of the arginine- calcium carbonate desensitizing paste, for sponsoring this Special Issue.