Stem Cells: Boon to Dentistry
Stem cells are immature, unspecialized cells in the body that are able to grow into specialized cell types by a process known as "differentiation." There are two primary sources of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Adult stem calls are found in many organs and tissues in the human body, including the dental pulp contained within teeth. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to grow into any cell type in the body.
Helping Treat Tooth Loss
A new experiment, however, suggests we may one day be able to re-attach teeth by using stem cells. People can lose their teeth in many ways but gum disease is a significant problem for many people.
There are estimates that as many as eighty percent of adults suffer from some degree of gum disease. This infection is a very serious one that can ultimately lead to tooth loss later on in life. Other people may suffer trauma and lose their teeth.