Doctors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed a stem cell hydrogel designed to keep teeth alive following a root canal. This revolutionary, biological hydrogel is said to stimulate angiogenesis, which is the growth of blood vessels, and this key factor could help teeth remain both alive and more fortified, compared to a traditional root canal treatment. When patients require root canals, the decay inside the pulpal chamber and canals is cleared and replaced with gutta percha. This eliminates the infection, but also renders the tooth dead typically leading to the loss of the tooth entirely later on. The hydrogel, seeded with dental pulp stem cells and working in conjunction with the hydrogel’s promotion of angiogenesis, has the potential to repopulate the tooth with living, functioning dental pulp and restoring function to the tooth.
This revolutionary advancement in stem cell technology could not only save patients time and money on further complications from root canals, but can also change the status quo on the treatment protocol for a common procedure. Drs. Vivek Kumar and Peter Nguyen, lead investigators of the research, are currently testing the protocol on dogs and hope to advance to clinical trials in the not too distant future. Additionally, the culturing protocol for the dental stem cells could be expanded upon to further differentiate the cells into other types of tissue.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s innovative research demonstrates the integral role stem cells are playing in cutting edge medical care options. By banking their own valuable stem cells, families can ensure that they will have access to these emerging therapies in the near future. To learn more about banking stem cells, please visit StemSave or call 877-783- 6728 (877-StemSave) today
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