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06-04-2010, 05:46 AM

Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth
By Denise Ngo Posted 05.25.2010 at 2:21 pm 14 Comments

Human molar scaffolding Dr. Jeremy Mao has unveiled a technique that directs the body's stem cells into a scaffolding that will aid in the regeneration of a new tooth. Columbia University Medical Center

The loss of a tooth is a minor deformity and a major pain. Although dental implants are available, the healing process can take months on end, and implants that fail to align with the ever-growing jawbone tend to fall out. If only adult teeth could be regenerated, right?

According to a study published in the latest Journal of Dental Research, a new tissue regeneration technique may allow people to simply regrow a new set of pearly whites.

Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

Dr. Mao's technique not only eliminates the need to grow teeth in a Petri dish, but it is the first to achieve regeneration of anatomically correct teeth by using the body's own resources. Factor in the faster recovery time and the comparatively natural process of regrowth (as opposed to implantation), and you have a massively appealing dental treatment.

Columbia University has already filed patent applications in regard to the technology and is seeking associates to aid in its commercialization. In the meantime, Dr. Mao is considering the best approach for applying his technique to cost-effective clinical therapies.

06-05-2010, 04:35 AM

06-05-2010, 06:59 AM
If they can get this into the main stream dentistry it would be a boon for many.

06-05-2010, 07:56 AM
But what if u grow a penis in your mouth?????

06-05-2010, 08:09 AM
That would put entirely new meaning on French kissing.

Lets see. What SciFi novel did I read that in? Got to be about 10 years ago.

06-05-2010, 09:52 AM
That ain't gonna be cheap! If they can grow teeth, then why not hair? There'd be a fortune to be made when someone gets male baldness, female baldness for that matter, fixed. sid

06-05-2010, 12:52 PM
In time it could be.

I wish they would get hopping on that baldness cure. Things are getting a bit thin around here.

06-05-2010, 04:04 PM
Nobody wants to be called "Uncle Fester!" ;-) The women might like it on a young man though, but consider the source...WOMEN sid

06-05-2010, 06:19 PM
I concede your point.

However I kind of like my hair for not getting sun burn, warmth and not banging my head into things.