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.”