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Can Stem Cells Grow New Teeth?

A shark can regrow missing teeth in a matter of weeks so why can’t humans do the same? This is the question that scientists are asking and the answer would appear to lie in stem cell research. Currently a missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant but that may soon be bettered by growing a completely new and natural tooth.

New and Natural

Our first set of teeth is usually lost by the time we are teenagers and the second set is meant to last the rest of our lives. However, this is rarely the case and the dentist will be called upon at some point to replace a missing or damaged tooth.

This may all change in the near future if stem cell research into tooth replacement progresses as expected. Stem cells have the ability to change into every cell in the body and this includes stem cells found in teeth. These cells can fully replicate a damaged tooth and scientists have already replaced teeth in mice and rats.

Possible Rejection

Although stem cells are compatible with the host body, the chance of rejection remains the biggest obstacle to overcome. Research continues and recent studies have shown positive results in avoiding rejection.

In the not-too-distant future, it is extremely likely that extractions at the dentist will be the exception rather than the norm and re-growing missing teeth a realistic alternative.

SOURCE: http://www.impactlab.net/2017/08/11/will-stem-cells-replace-dental-implants/.

 

Anthony Bendkowski (GDC No. 57249)

Anthony Bendkowski or ‘Ben’ to his team, is a specialist in oral surgery in practice limited to implant reconstructive surgery in London and the South East of England. He qualified from University College Hospital Dental School, London in 1982 and subsequently gained extensive experience in both hospital and practice-based oral surgery.

He has over twenty five years of experience in both the surgical and restorative management of implant cases. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dental education and has lectured on and run bone augmentation and implant training courses, as well as lecturing on business skills for successful implant practice for a number of years. He is a Past President of the Association of Dental Implantology (UK) and an examiner for the Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry as well as for Membership in Oral Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Clinically Ben undertakes all aspects of implant treatment, including Teeth in a Day/All on 4 surgery, aesthetic anterior tooth replacement, and complex cases involving extensive bone reconstruction.

In his spare time he is a keen pilot and can regularly be seen flying his vintage WW II aircraft in airshows. Ben also enjoys playing guitar badly with a local band, ‘Leaky Tap’.