Prostheses and implants may soon become a past, as scientists say it is possible to grow new, legitimate human teeth in oral cavities!
Until now, the only option to compensate for tooth loss was a prosthesis or implant, but since both methods can adversely affect health, scientists have explored how naturally people can restore their teeth.
“Dental prostheses can cause infection, injury or damage to surrounding tissues, nerves, and even sinuses, and implants tend to be very uncomfortable and obstruct patients while eating, and may cause irritation or infection of the gums and mouth, “says an expert.
“This is a necessary medical advance because as many as 74 years of age, even 26 percent of adults lose all their teeth,” the researchers said.
The new technique, developed by Dr. Jeremy Mao and Professor Edward Zagger, together with a team of Columbia University experts discovered a type of scaffolding that helps teeth regenerate tissue. The scaffolding, which contains stem cells, uses DNA to grow the new teeth.
In this way, “Your missing tooth is being replaced with stem cells, from your own body. And the tooth merges with the surrounding tissue.
“A key factor in tooth regrowth is to find an approach that will be able to apply even to patients who are not good candidates for dental implants or can not afford them,” said Dr. Mao.
The study is published in the journal Dental Research, the leading journal in the world in the field of dentistry.