The majority of people start losing their teeth as they get older. This is something that can’t be avoided however there are ways to fill the gap after getting a tooth removed. One of the ways to replace missing teeth is placing dental implants. Luckily, scientists are constantly looking for new and improved ways to fix this problem and we are going to explain one discovery that they have made.
Experts in the field of dental medicine have come up with a solution that can be considered revolutionary in the field of dental implant technology. The experts claim that their discovery will allow the growth of new teeth in the oral cavity which will significantly improve the quality of life for many people.
Dr. Jeremy Mao from Columbia University is the lead investigator in this research. He was able to build a scaffold for teeth that contains stem cells. Then, he used the DNA of these stem cells to grow new teeth. As unbelievable as it may seem, modern technology can really promise bright future for dental medicine.
The new discoveries can help avoid long and painful tooth extractions and will also make it possible to grow teeth in just 9 weeks. The device that the Dr. Mao built is placed in the body and should be first accepted by the organism. Another great thing about this method is that missing teeth are replaced using materials that build and maintain the cells and tissues in our bodies.
According to Dr. Mao:
“Your missing tooth is being replaced with stem cells, from your own body. And the tooth merges with the surrounding tissue. Yes, it’s simple as that! This will increase the regeneration process and it will result in fast recovery.”
Note: This procedure is still being researched and has not yet been approved by medical authorities. It is still unavailable for the public. However, during the past few decades the dental implants are being constantly improved and they give more and more promising results. Each improvement means that the procedure is safer, that the recovery time is reduced and the chances of rejection are much smaller.