The Journal of Dental Research published a study on a new tissue regeneration technique that will allow people to simply re-grow a new set of teeth.
Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. The university’s Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory developed the procedure used by Dr. Mao to direct the body’s own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. And once the stem cells colonize the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.
This technique will not only eliminate the need to grow teeth in a Petri dish, but it is the first that uses the body’s own resources in order to achieve regeneration of anatomically correct teeth. This dental treatment can become massively appealing (as opposed to implantation) due to the faster recovery time and the comparatively natural process of re-growth.
Columbia University has already filed patent applications in regard to the tooth re-growth technique via stem cells, and is looking for associates that will help in its commercialization. At the same time, Dr. Mao is considering the best approach for applying his technique to cost-effective clinical therapies.