Stem cells, harvested from children’s baby teeth, could be used to treat immature permanent tooth damage in the same children, according to a new study in the Science Translation Medicine and as reported on PR Newswire.
Almost 50% of children suffer a tooth injury or tooth trauma, which can result in a “dead” tooth with immature permanent teeth due to the blood supply being reduced and root development not proceeding normally post-trauma. However, a study in China led by Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology Sontago Shi, has indicated that stem cell treatment of such tooth damage could be successfully treated with stem cells harvested from the dental pulp of the child’s baby teeth.
The first phase of the study demonstrated that subject receiving the stem cell therapy exhibited improved root development, thicker dentin and increased blood flow compared to a control group.
Grace Century President and Director of Research said “This industry is about to be cracked wide open, with more and more studies supporting the power of stem cells derived from Dental Pulp.”