For the first time, beta-endorphin-like immunoreactivity (BE-LI) has been measured in human tooth pulp. Separation of peptides from pulp tissue was achieved by acid extraction followed by chromatographic separation through a Sep-Pak disposable cartridge. Reversed phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) was performed on the peptide-rich fractions for further peptide separation. Radioreceptor assay (RRA) data of the HPLC fractions was used to construct a profile of opioid-receptor active peptides. Radioimmunoassay (RIA) data provided further information. Following acute mechanical stress, a monotonic decrease in BE-LI concentrations was evident according to a four bicuspid extraction order.