Author(s): Morse DR
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Abstract The dental pulp and its associated structures, the dentin and the cementum, are discussed. Because many of the age-related pulpal changes have components considered in several of the current theories of aging, these theories are briefly reviewed. Part 2 describes the age-related changes of the dental pulp, the dentin, and the cementum (the dental pulp complex). An attempt is made to differentiate inherent aging changes from physiologic defensive changes and pathologic irritant-induced changes. Part 3 describes the relationship of age-induced changes in the dental pulp complex to components of the current aging theories together with a unified concept of the dental pulp complex aging. Part 4 considers whether dental pulp complex aging can be used as a biomarker for generalized aging. Whether age-related changes of the dental pulp complex can be altered by interventions is discussed.
This article was published in Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol
and referenced in Journal of Patient Care