Book Chapter

Biology of the Dentin-Pulp Complex

AJ Sloan

Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences | Published : 2015

Abstract

The dentin and pulp are embryologically, histologically, and functionally similar tissues, and are considered together as a complex. The vitality of the dentin-pulp complex is essential to maintaining a functional viable tooth in the occlusion. The cells at the periphery of the pulp synthesize and secrete the dentin, which in turn protects the viability of the pulp. Cells of the pulp are critical for maintaining tissue homeostasis after tooth development, but are also responsible for the defense reactions which take place following injurious challenge. A population of these cells, along with the dentin matrix itself, is also responsible for mediating the reparative processes observed followi..

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