Acta Scientific Dental Sciences

Review Article Volume 2 Issue 9

Enigma Surrounding Pulpal Cancer - A Re-Exploration

Sagar S Bhat*, Sheshaprasad R, Srinivasan G and Anuradha Pai

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, SDM College of Dental Science and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author: Sagar S Bhat, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, SDM College of Dental Science and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India.

Received: July 31, 2018; Published: August 21, 2018

Citation: Sagar S Bhat., et al. “Enigma Surrounding Pulpal Cancer - A Re-Exploration". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.9 (2018).


  Pulpal Pathologies are the most commonly encountered problem in dental practice. Time and again, emphasis on various sequalae of pulpitis and pulpo-periapical pathologies are detailed in the literature. However, malignancies involving pulpal tissues are seldom spoken about. To explore the presence or absence of malignancy in dental pulp, we did a literature review and arrived at a hypothesis pertaining to the presence or absence of malignancy in pulpal tissue.

  While using the search phrase “dental pulp” combined with “sarcoma”, “carcinoma” or “neoplasms” in PubMed when using the MeSH search mode yielded no reports on primary malignant neoplasms. However, a hand search yields clinical reports on pulpal tumours that were published over a century ago. The very existence of primary malignant neoplasms of the dental pulp is questionable when relying on modern information sources. An investigation of this topic should proceed via two specific methods: a review of the published work, and a study of general tumour pathogenesis with respect to specific anatomical prerequisites of the dental pulp.

  Patient education and periodic oral cancer examinations by dental professionals are necessary to reduce diagnostic delay and improve prognosis. This review emphasizes the important role of dental professionals, especially periodontists and endodontists, of being aware that squamous cell carcinoma may manifest itself clinically and/or radiographically as a common periodontal or endodontic lesion.

Keywords: Pulpal Tissue; Metastasis; Pulpal Cancer

Copyright: © 2018 Sagar S Bhat., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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