Dental Implants May Soon Include Stem Cells

Stem cell dental implantsDental implants are already cutting-edge dental technology… but the next generation of replacement teeth may allow doctors to use your stem cells to grow your own replacement tooth.

There’s no titanium tooth implant. With stem cells and growth enhancers, a scaffold can become a tooth in as little as nine weeks.

Most dentists find dental implants rewarding. This new dental implant technology is still is research, and the cost of dental implants won’t be dropping anytime soon. But stem cells just may be the new titanium.

The study, led by Dr. Jeremy Mao of Columbia University Medical Center, was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Read more at Popular Science: Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth

Dental Stem Cells Hidden Inside Wisdom Teeth

Stem cells in wisdom teethStem cells and dentistry are becoming linked in all kinds of new ways. The latest is news that wisdom teeth can be a source of stem cells.

The wisdom teeth don’t contain actual stem cells themselves, but cells inside the dental pulp can be coaxed into creating stem cells.

Since wisdom tooth removal is such a common procedure, and one performed in a sterilized environment, it’s a great opportunity. The tissue removed during the wisdom tooth extraction can be frozen and stored for later use.

What that “later use” might be isn’t clear yet, but it seems likely that new stem cell therapies will continue to be introduced. Recent headlines heralded that fact that dental implants may soon include stem cells.

Are there any dental marketing ramifications? Well, if you remove wisdom teeth, you may find you can offer an additional service at some point in the future!

Read more: Wisdom teeth a source of stem cells and Induction of Pluripotent Stem Cells from Human Third Molar Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

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