Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 11 March 2013 20:50
Gum cells were recently used as a way of growing new teeth—something that could be a major breakthrough in dentistry.
Based on this King’s College (London) research, missing teeth could one day be grown from gum cells.
To successfully grow the teeth, the researchers took epithelial cells from the gums and combined them with mesenchyme cells from mice. The research team then managed to promote the growth of new teeth through the epithelial gum cells.
The researchers later transplanted the combination of cells into the mice, which produced the development of human/mouth teeth that had a working root system.