Is the possibility of ‘re-growing’ our own teeth about to become a reality?
One of the biggest worries we have when it comes to our oral health is the possibility of losing our teeth, either naturally or because of an accident. But what if we could grow them back?
Two new pieces of pioneering research have given hope that this could one day be a reality.
The first of these has seen scientists in America create tooth buds which can grow and look like natural teeth.1
The second shows how tooth stem cells can be used to partially repair teeth that have been damaged.2
Scientific breakthroughs in similar fields have already led to developments in many other areas of healthcare, such as prosthetics and tissue regeneration.
These have helped millions of people gain a better quality of life and this cutting-edge research has the potential to do the same in the future.
- Smith EE, Angstadt, S., Monteiro N et al. Bioengineered Tooth Buds Exhibit Features of Natural Tooth Buds. J Dent Res, 2018; 97(10): 1144-51. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022034518779075
2. Xuan K, Li B, Guo H et al. Deciduous autologous tooth stem cells regenerate dental pulp after implantation into injured teeth. Sci Trans Med. 2018;10(455): p.eaaf3227. http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/10/455/eaaf3227.short
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