Tooth Pulp Circulation:  Practice Questions

The following are short answer questions.

1. In a sentence or two, describe the influence of each of the following on tooth pulp blood flow:

A. pulp temperature
B. activation of the sympathetic nervous system
C. activation of the parasympathetic nervous system
D. inflammation (pulpitis)

2. Briefly summarize the reasoning which leads to the conclusion that tooth vascular postcapillary (venule and vein) resistance to blood flow is higher than postcapillary resistance in "typical" vascular beds.

3. What is tooth pulp "self strangulation"?