Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine are creating bioengineered teeth from dental stem cells, with the ultimate goal of replacing dental implants. The innovative approach utilizes a hydrogel that has been developed to encapsulate dental stem cells enabling them to differentiate and grow into buds that can be implanted to grow into healthy teeth. In a pre-clinical model, the procedure involves using the hydrogel to provide a scaffold for the stem cells to grow in vitro, followed by the implantation of the scaffold in vivo, where the stem cells developed into whole tooth structures.
While the research is currently in the pre-clinical developmental phase, the procedure, once it advances through the clinical phase, will provide a natural, biological option to many patients suffering from tooth loss, and will provide an alternative to current implant procedures which are invasive and, typically lengthy, painful and costly. The research underscores the wisdom of banking stem cells as regenerative treatments emerge and evolve and provides patients with the opportunity to use autologous (their own) stem cells in lieu of donor cells.
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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