6 years ago on December 16, 2015

My Lola can chew again: Re-growing Teeth using Stem Cell Technology



I hate washing dishes but since it’s the weekend, I did it anyway. So after going through piles of plates and a stack of glasses, I was down to the last drinking glass. Upon picking it up, I noticed something floating in the water. Something I’ve seen before but never in the kitchen: My grandmother’s full dentures is soaked in the half-filled drinking glass!

At ages 20 to 64, most adults loses some their permanent teeth. And having a toothless face is not a pretty sight. If you’re worried about aging and losing your pearly whites, ending up with sunken cheeks and creepy dentures, you should take care of them as early as you still have them. But tooth loss is inevitable as we age. We will lose one or two along the course of our lives and we turn to our dentist to clean them, fix them, extract them and replace them. But do you know that dentures and fixed bridges are at the brink of extinction, and tooth implants are the thing of the past? So, what’s “in” in the dental fashion today?

Stem Cell. If you think that the stem cell technology offers only hope of effective treatment for a variety of malignant and non-malignant diseases, think again. Stem cell is making it possible to regrow your missing teeth. That is, stem cells implanted into the gums previously occupied by teeth can grow into a new set of teeth in 2 months’ time. Unbelievable?

Stem cells are no ordinary cells. They have the ability to transform into different types of cells — which means they have the potential to repair damaged or worn out tissue. They repair tissues by dividing continually either as a new stem cell or as a cell with more specialized job, such as red blood cell, a skin cell, or a muscle cell. And figuring out new ways to make them useful has long been a goal of medical researchers.

Once this technology hits the country, we can say goodbye to invasive procedures such as dental implants – executed in stages and involves several procedures. It carry risks like infection, can cause harm into surrounding teeth and blood vessels, nerve damage, sinus problems, swelling, bruising, bleeding, and pain. What’s more, the healing process can take up to a year and a half!

On the other hand, a stem cell implant assures to be a non-invasive procedure that requires only of local anesthetics, just like the opposite of a tooth extraction. The stem cell only requires 2 months to grow into a new tooth, and it will grow as an exact match of your old one. Stem cells also produce the bone that connects the tooth to the jaw, eliminating the need for bone grafting, a procedure that can delay dental implant surgery from 6 to 9 months. With regenerated teeth, there’s no risk of implanted tooth falling out.

Stem cell tooth implants are also a healthier and more comfortable alternative to dentures. Unlike dentures, the newly developed teeth move with your mouth, conserving the health of your gums.

That means, no more soaking of dentures in a half-full glass of water.

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