Can I Grow a New Tooth?
What would you say to the news that science is getting close to being able to grow new teeth with lasers, or that researchers have used stem cells from urine or from gum tissue in mice? Sounds like something straight from science fiction, but these are all forms of dental technology that is really being developed at laboratories all over the world.
Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed a process that involves the use of low-powered lasers with human stem cells to stimulate the growth of new dentin in rats’ teeth. The initial results of this type of experiment with growth are encouraging; their potential applications go beyond the dental field and could lead to treatments in other types of regeneration as well, such as bones or wounded tissue. And the most exciting part is that it may be a viable option sooner than you may think. Because they don’t require anything but the patient’s stem cells, there is no chance for rejection, no need to use foreign material like titanium implants. In addition, lasers are already in use in medical and dental treatments, which means that there are probably fewer obstacles to clinical use than many new treatments.
Another experiment conducted at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health by Duanqing Pei reports to have grown hard, tooth-like structures using human stem cells from urine, implanted in to the livers of mice. This bears a similarity to the study done at Kings’ College London’s dental institute wherein human gum cells were used with mesenchymal cells from mouse embryos to grow tooth-like structures in the kidneys of adult mice. These studies indicate something of a trend in biomedical research that may lead to the regrowth of your own teeth sometime within the next decade. This is really exciting research for future dental patients!
The Next Best Thing-Teeth Replacements
For now, we have to wait for the chance to regrow teeth this way. Until then, Dr. David Trotter and his staff offer a variety of teeth replacement dental services, from full dentures to individual crowns, bridges and implant restorations. If you have missing teeth, you don’t have to live with the gap or wait for science to have the technology to grow you a brand new tooth, either. Replacing missing teeth can help build self-confidence, help you make a better first impression, improve your chewing function and ability to enunciate clearly.
What do you have to lose? Call Dr. David Trotter at (865) 453-2890(865) 453-2890 or schedule a consultation here for teeth replacement today. You might be surprised to learn about all the options available today. We look forward to seeing you smile a healthy smile!