Regenerative dentistry is about to be revolutionized, thanks to scientists such as Paul Sharp, PhD, who is the Dickinson Professor at Craniofacial Biology, and an advisor to Provia Laboratories, LLC – which provides dental stem cell banking, which means that parents can preserve and collect dental stem cells of their children, if needed later in life for dental interventions.
Stem cells used for re-growth of teeth, is a system made possible mainly thanks to the researches of Dr. Sharpe.
Through his studies he has proved that it is possible to grow a new tooth including the nerves and root, from the implantation of a “bud” of stem cells into the gums. The studies involved animal species as main subjects in the test.
Dr. Sharpe exposes his vision regarding the field of dentistry, more precisely what will happen in the future when a patient needs to replace his teeth. The patient will basically be presented with two options:
- Either choosing among the latest technological options, such as dentures and different implants
- Or go with the biological based implant, which means that a new tooth will grow thanks to the dental stem cell implant (using cells that derive from the patient’s own dental stem cells).
Recent studies clearly show that the stem cell teeth re-grow system would be a very innovative method in dentistry, one that is very useful, because:
- Approximately 70% of the adults in America have lost at last 1 tooth
- Approximately 58% of adults over 50 have less than 21 natural teeth. It is important to note that having at least 21 teeth is what is considered “normal” for proper functioning
- Almost 18% of persons aged 65+ have no natural teeth present
Therefore, future researches will be continuing regarding the dental stem cells and their use in dentistry.
Currently, the research is quite in an early stage, and it will take a few years more until the regular dentures will be replaced by new teeth growing from stem cell implantations.