Scientists Develop Regenerative Fillings from Stem Cells

Trevor English

STEM CELL cavity[Image Source: Wikimedia]

New research in the field of stem cells has yielded regenerative dental fillings that could keep working after they are put in. This effectively would eliminate the need for root canals as the stem cells encourage dentin growth, which basically means the teeth start healing themselves. A breakthrough in allowing teeth to regenerate is one of the biggest breakthroughs in dental technology ever. Teeth damaged through dental disease or any other avenue would be able to be healed through filling the cavities with the stem cell fillings.

For anyone that has ever had to have fillings or root canals, you know the struggle that this new filling material solves. Instead of having to go to a dental surgeon for more difficult dental problems, this synthetic material derived from stem cells would repair damage, even to the extremes, according to Newsweek.

“We have designed synthetic biomaterials that can be used similarly to dental fillings but can be placed in direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin. Our approach has great promise to impact the dental field and this prize provides a great platform to develop this technology further with industrial partners.” ~ Dr Adam Celiz, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham

teeth cells[Image Source: Wikimedia]

The chemicals used in present fillings are actually harmful to teeth and discourage tooth growth within the soft tissue, according to Futurism. Modified biomaterials in the new fillings would be installed like traditional tooth filling, but in cases where the cavity runs deep into the soft tissue, the wound would be encouraged to heal.

Research continues through a joint project between the University of Nottingham and Harvard's Wyss Institute. The original press release was published by the University of Nottingham here.

SEE ALSO: Scientists Develop Technique to Encode Data into Living Cells

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