Presently a dentist will recommend a dental implant to replace an extracted or lost tooth but this may become an outdated method. Researchers are investigating the possibility that stem cells in the teeth can be used to re-grow a tooth naturally.
Scientists have already:
– Combined stem cells and gum tissue to grow teeth
– Used stem cells to re-grow the tooth structure in rats
– Created a 3D human tooth scaffold using stem cells
“Instead of replacing entire teeth, stem cells may help to heal teeth as an interim step in the dental chair.”
Researchers believe that “a procedure involving stem cells may provide a far more accessible and affordable tooth replacement option” and could soon become a reality.
Further information on the subject can be found at http://www.impactlab.net/2017/08/11/will-stem-cells-replace-dental-implants/.