Capable of replicating any part of the human body, by means of regeneration of compromised tissues, stem cells are capable of saving lives. As genetic information exists in these cells in unaltered forms, they can be used later in life in case of accidents, burns, and organs failure, such as liver or kidney failure. Until recently, stem cells have been exclusively associated with bone marrow and the umbilical cord. Apparently, restrictive collecting tends to become a distant memory: stem cells can now be collected from several sources.
Collecting stem cells from teeth
Research is but incipient and skeptic voices don’t hesitate to comment on the promising and very interesting results of the latest findings in the field of stem cells collecting: baby teeth, precisely the roots of baby teeth appear to be a valid source. This has been evaluated as a second chance to collect stem cells if, for various reasons, collecting did not occur at birth. Further research claims that stem cells could even be collected later, from the third molars.
Should this technique proof feasible in terms of both collecting and storing stem cells, the horizons of reconstructive medicine and implicitly those of regenerative dentistry will become broader.
Teeth are not only an important source of collecting stem cells: the advantages go both ways. Researchers talk about new techniques of dental tissue regeneration based on stem cells from patient’s body. Of course, this technique could, in future, completely replace alternatives that now seem modern and revolutionary, such as dental implants. This would bring along amazing advantages, such as eliminating the risks of rejection, as no actual foreign body would be involved.
Although there still are impediments, both scientific and economic barriers to elaborating such techniques, it is highly possible that in the future we will be able to reconstruct or regenerate out teeth, thus eliminating all traditional adjacent treatments and significantly improving the quality of dental services and dental health.