Revolutionising Dentistry: A Glimpse into the Future of Regrowing Human Teeth


Many people spend a lot of time and money to achieve a picture-perfect smile with straight, gleaming white teeth free from any crooked, crowded, or discoloured imperfections. Unfortunately, tooth decay and various gum diseases are as prevalent today as ever—in fact, some would argue even more so due to an increase in sugar and highly processed foods in the modern diet.

Interestingly, now with stem cells, a tooth in its earliest stages of growth and development, i.e., tooth primordium, can serve as an implant to replace missing teeth in the gum.

While braces, veneers, and a variety of other treatments have been widely used to counteract undesirable dental maladies, new advancements in the dentistry field are looking not to just fix the offending fang, but to grow a whole new one instead! Here’s how…

What Are Stem Cell Dental Implants?

Substantial research has identified how stimulating stem cells within the pulp of teeth can help in regrowing dentin, preventing the need for a root canal and even reversing cavities without the need to opt for fillings.

With stem cells, a tooth in its earliest stages of growth and development, i.e., tooth primordium, can serve as an implant to replace missing teeth in the gum. However, the primordium required to regrow teeth is only found in embryos, and scientists are in the midst of conducting further in-depth research to locate another source that can be utilised for creating stem cell dental implants.

Would they be a better choice than dental implants and dentures?

In most cases, the healing process after dental implants and dentures is extensive and can take many months to settle in the jawbone. However, according to iSmile dentistry, in some cases, the implant might not align with the jaw correctly and could lead to problems such as nerve damage, sinus issues, infection at the implantation site, and even bone loss.

On the other hand, dentures are constantly felt by the wearer, creating discomfort when speaking or eating.

For many individuals, in the event of tooth loss, a permanent solution for their teeth minus the complications and risks is highly desirable, i.e., stem cell dental implants.

Some drawbacks

Although stem cell research has been extensive, the implants may not work properly as the human body’s immune system might reject foreign stem cells, thereby requiring some level of compatibility to exist between the individual and the implant for a successful outcome.

When might we see it in circulation?

Stem cell dental implants are undergoing numerous trials, and scientists hope to have them commercialised so a new avenue of tooth restoration can be rolled out to the public. This will be a tremendous accomplishment as individuals experiencing tooth decay, tooth loss from accidents etc., will have a more permanent solution with potentially lower risks than existing treatment options.

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