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Related to exposed pulp: pulp chamber
pulp that has been exposed or laid bare by a pathologic process, trauma, or a dental instrument.
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.
Pulp that, due to disease, is exposed to the air and saliva in the mouth.
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.