exposed pulp


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ex·posed pulp

pulp that has been exposed or laid bare by a pathologic process, trauma, or a dental instrument.

exposed pulp

Etymology: L, exponere, to lay out, pulpa, flesh
dental pulp that becomes exposed to the oral environment and potential bacterial infection. Causes include fracture of the crown through trauma and loss of a tooth crown, the advance of dental caries to the pulp chamber, or penetration through the dentin during restorative preparation or caries excavation.

exposed pulp

Pulp that, due to disease, is exposed to the air and saliva in the mouth.

Treatment

Treatment includes extraction of the tooth or root canal.

See also: pulp

ex·pos·ed pulp

(eks-pōzd pŭlp)
Pulp that has been laid bare by a pathologic process, trauma, or a dental instrument.