Dentists have discovered how you grow your own teeth, in just nine weeks!
A team from Columbia University led by Dr. Jeremy Mao made the amazing discovery, where they built a ‘scaffold’ for the tooth made of stem cells, the new tooth could then grow over the template.
Dr. Mao explains:
“The missing tooth is replaced with stem cells from your body, and the tooth starts merging to the surrounding tissue on its own. This boosts the regeneration process and results in regrowth of the tooth in a record time,”
This could be the end of expensive dental surgery to replace missing or broken teeth.
At the moment, dentists are limited to what procedures they can use, and the limitations often mean the cost ends up being extremely high.
The new method makes the most of stem cell research that has been gaining momentum in recent year, and is being used to treat everything from broken bones to genetic disorders.
While 9 weeks is obviously longer than if you were to go in for dental treatment and receive it on the same day, but the fact that these new teeth are made from stem cells gives them a more natural credential.
Most people would surely prefer to have a replacement tooth made from their own cells rather than a false made from foreign materials.
Dr. Mao states that the procedure is still in the research stage and is not available to the public just yet, but it should make it into dental surgeries in the near future.
Watch the video below to find out more about this groundbreaking discovery.