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Study: New Tooth Can Be Grown from Human Cells
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Ryan Lew
According to new study from the Dental Institute at King’s College, it may soon be possible to grow a replacement tooth from your own cells.* The study used human gum cells and combined them with cells responsible for growing teeth in mice. The combination of cells was then implanted into the mice, resulting in hybrid human/mouse teeth with roots.
The technique would involve transplanting this new immature tooth directly into the human mouth. Blood flow from the person’s mouth would then foster growth until the tooth reached complete size. However, it is still too early in the studies for human use.
This would be a major breakthrough for dental surgery. Dental surgery currently requires fake implants that wear down over time from chewing. The new hybrid human/mouse teeth would be more effective than implants because they have soft tissue at the root that function as a shock absorber.
The next step in the study would be to find enough adult sources of human cells to make this a viable replacement for dental implants.
Dental Assistant Program at Everest
Do innovations like this in the field of dental health care excite you? The Dental Assistant program at Everest may be just for you. You will receive updated instruction from instructors in the dental field and receive hands-on experience in a laboratory environment. All Everest instructors have relevant industry experience to ensure you are well versed in all procedures.
You can obtain hands-on experience in a laboratory setting using equipment such as amalgamators, dental chairs, model trimmers, oral evacuation tools, oxygen tanks, personal computers, ultrasonic units, digital x-ray equipment and Dentrix (front office software).
Upon completion of the program,** you can qualify for careers in dental offices, dental supply manufacturers, hospital dental departments, and dental insurance companies, and more.
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**Programs and schedules vary by campus.