Losing teeth as an adult can be scary to think about, but it’s an issue that many people face. Over a quarter of adults lose all their teeth by the age of 74. While dental implants can help, they can be really uncomfortable, especially since they don’t adapt to the mouth as it ages. However, a new technique might help people to grow new teeth in just 9 weeks using the patient’s own adult stem cells.
We at Bright Side are always on the lookout for breakthroughs in health and science that might just end up helping us someday.
Researchers from New York City’s Columbia University Medical Center hope that they can get a patient’s own stem cells to grow an anatomically correct tooth. In addition to that, the new tooth will actually grow in a person’s empty socket, even allowing it to merge with the surrounding gum tissue. They’ve already proven the ability to grow the teeth, though not in humans yet.