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Future dentists could regrow missing teeth

Posted on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments

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Researchers have found a way to regrow teeth using a combination of human and mouse stem cells.

Losing a tooth in the future may not be so much of a problem as it is today, scientists have discovered a way to replace missing teeth by growing new ones using cells taken from the patient's own mouth. The technique combines human epithelial cells with mesenchymal stem cells from mice to facilitate regrowth, removing the need for dentures and making the loss of a tooth a lot less permanent.

"Epithelial cells derived from adult human gum tissue are capable of responding to tooth-inducing signals from embryonic tooth mesenchyme in an appropriate way to contribute to tooth crown and root formation," said Professor Paul Sharpe who led the research.

"People may in future be able to have missing or diseased teeth replaced with ones grown from cells taken from their own mouth, scientists have predicted."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Hilander on 9 March, 2013, 13:51
No more false teeth, what a concept.
Comment icon #6 Posted by minera on 9 March, 2013, 16:57
not a bad idea but imagine the teething pain LOL and all the rest that comes with teething.
Comment icon #7 Posted by CuriousGreek on 9 March, 2013, 18:29
Now, that's a useful thing they could do
Comment icon #8 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 9 March, 2013, 18:43
My late parents could use this technology they to ware dentures upper and lower.
Comment icon #9 Posted by spayneuter on 9 March, 2013, 23:20
This is why I want to live forever. Just to see what they will come up with next. Unfortunately, I will probably die the day before they come up with a cure for me.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Medium Brown on 11 March, 2013, 15:08
This news couldn't have come at a better time for me.I've got a possible interview to prepare for and the guys interrogating me don't want to see yellow stubs in my mouth.There's no possibly way of de- yellowing then but I still need a shiny pair of teeth.They want to see my pearly whites has nature intended it.But I still need some painful root canal surgery and some stem cells removing.However I can see a huge waiting list and me doing it privately on Bupa.Time is in short supply though.However I'm glad overall about this new advance making people's teeth looking more presentable.And they ar... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by regeneratia on 14 March, 2013, 19:24
Dentists are so expensive.I am beginning to believe that they can be purged from everyday life. I want to grow my own teeth, here at home.
Comment icon #12 Posted by himalyanmystic on 15 March, 2013, 4:18
if i get all new teeth this time ill really take good care
Comment icon #13 Posted by G Donnelly on 26 March, 2013, 16:13
Very cool. I first posted about this possibility around 3 years ago. I see the process is advancing. Your not the only Scot who knew about it at the time.Just look at pages 69-70 of Val Mcdermid's Trick Of The Dark.The protagonist's wife is a dentist who described the procedure.Herein lies a problem but also an inspiration.A meat eater would have to get the right distribution of teeth.So their problem is if these stem cells conjure just molars and pre-molars.So you've got a lifetime's supply of salads to look forward to despite the obvious displeasure.But at least you will be slim. However a v... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Collateral Damage on 27 March, 2013, 15:06
Ah—the future shall be most intriguing; these discoveries never cease to amaze me.

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