Scientists are Working on a Way to Regrow Teeth in 2 Months

It is scary to think about losing your teeth, especially if you are an adult, but it is an issue that a lot of people face. Around a quarter of adults lose their teeth by the age of 74.

Although there are dental implants that can help, they can be very uncomfortable, especially since they do not adapt to the mouth as it ages. However, a new technique might help people to grow new teeth in just 2 months by using the patient’s adult stem cells. The researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City hope that they can get a patient’s stem cells to grow an anatomically correct tooth. Additionally, the new tooth will grow in a person’s empty socket, even allowing it to merge with the surrounding gum tissue. They have already proven the ability to grow the teeth, however, after months of research and experiments, it is not available for humans yet.

The researchers conducted an experiment using 22 rats, according to the Journal of Dental Research. After the growth factors were implanted in the mouths of the rats, new bone material regenerated and integrated within 2 months. According to the researchers of the study, this is the first time that teeth-like structures have been regenerated in a living organism.

There can be a lot of benefits that come along with the new procedure if this treatment proves successful in humans. Since the tooth is grown in the socket where it will stay, there is also no need to harvest outside stem cells or make an outside environment for the tooth as it grows.

Source: https://www.sciencetimes.com/

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