Are stem cells the next dental breakthrough?
Dental implants, bridges, and dentures are today’s solutions for missing teeth. They are excellent solutions – but scientists are studying stem cells in order to grow teeth. This may provide another option for patients.
– Stem cells can be harvested from teeth (wisdom or baby teeth) and carefully preserved for future use
– Stem cells can become any kind of cell, and could be used to repair tooth decay or even replace entire teeth
– Stem cells may prove to be a better option for many patients, including those who fear dental surgery
Teeth have already been ‘grown’ from stem cell experiments in laboratory animals. Future studies will investigate the use of stem cells growing new teeth in humans.
“In tooth decay, stem cells may be able to heal a cavity before a tooth requires root canal therapy.”
Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)
Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.