How nerve signal pathways can create new tooth growth
Source: http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org, BBC News,
On such use has been identified in regenerating dental tissues, with scientists venturing that stem cell research and development will, over time, transform dental practice in a magnitude far greater than amalgam or dental implants.
The potential benefits of stem cell dental implants are simply vast. If a completely organic tooth can be grown in place of a lost one, instead of settling for an artificial crown, the consequences for oral health could be very important. At the moment, dental implants are largely successful, but misalignment and rejection can be occur and it is not unusual for implanted teeth to fall out after insertion because the bone underneath has deteriorated.
Research into Stem Cell Treatment
However, regenerative dental fillings that allow teeth to heal themselves have been developed by researchers, potentially eliminating the need for root canals.
This treatment, developed by scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University, earned a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry after judges described it as a “new paradigm for dental treatments.”
The tooth filling works by stimulating stem cells to encourage the growth of dentin—the bony material that makes up the majority of the tooth—allowing patients to effectively regrow teeth that are damaged through dental disease.
While still in the early stages of development, stem cell research in dentistry is growing rapidly with the potential application for oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration now being considered an achievable reality.
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