Self-Repairing Teeth: Stem Cells Technology for Future Dental Care.

Self-Repairing Teeth: Stem Cells Technology for Future Dental Care.

Visits to the dentist will no longer be a source of stress anymore in the future – At least this is what Kyle Vining of Harvard University and Adam Celiz of the British University of Nottingham believe in.

Since the modern day dentistry started to develop almost 300 years ago, the dreaded drilling out of damaged cavities and filling the gaps with enamel or metal is a generally accepted practice. However, this methodology is about to become history.

Vining and Celiz have been recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, winning the emerging technology competition for development and production of an artificial biomaterial that will stimulate stem cells to repair damaged teeth.

Celiz claims that future of dentistry is fully tied with this new technology; it is projected that all dental fillings will be made of this new material, so that damaged teeth will simply repair themselves from inside.

The implementation rate of regenerative medicine technologies into dentistry field started to grow during recent years, Professor David J. Mooney in 2014 demonstrating that a low-power light may also stimulate stem cells to regenerate damaged dental areas. The research involved drilling into damaged tooth pulp areas and injection of adult stem cells with a low dose laser. After 12 weeks, the high-resolution X-Ray images showed that there appeared to be more dentin in the researched areas.

And In 2013 Ruoxue Feng and Christopher Lengner published a paper, essentially concluding that the use of stem cells were rapidly becoming a key focus for the restoration of function and aesthetics in dentistry.

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