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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: PlanetxIsComing
Your link isn't working for me but I'd rather put my faith in a technology that isn't top secret , stem cells are being used to regrow teeth in rats and it's believed that within a decade we could be using them to regrow our own teeth ....just need to hold on to mine for a few more years then I'll grow some new ones.
Stem cell research is opening up the way for new teeth "grown" from an unlikely source - human urine.
Having been demonstrated in mice,* bioengineered tooth regeneration is becoming available to humans.* A combination of stem cells, scaffold material and signalling molecules can be used to regrow a fully functional, living tooth in around two months – complete with roots, inner pulp and outer enamel. Until now, dental implant therapies had required pre-existing, high quality bone structures to support the artificial implants. Full reconstruction of natural, healthy teeth in patients without adequate bone support is therefore now possible. Another technique to emerge this year is Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER). This allows a decayed tooth to effectively repair and heal itself without the need for drills, needles or fillings. This breakthrough procedure uses electrical stimulation to help teeth "remineralise" by pushing minerals like calcium and phosphate back into the tooth to repair the damaged site.* Fillings and dentures will gradually become obsolete as a result of these and other new treatments, improving the health and well-being of millions of people.
A bioengineered tooth germ placed in the jaw of a mouse (top) buds through the gum at 36 days (center) and fully grows in after 49 days (bottom). Credit: Takashi Tsuji/Tokyo University of Science A Japanese group, led by cell biologist Takashi Tsuji of Tokyo University of Science in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, focused on tooth germs, the embryonic tissues that develop into teeth.
New technique allows decayed tooth to repair itself Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's College London, has developed a new dental technique that allows a decayed tooth to effectively repair and heal itself without the need for drills, needles or fillings. This breakthrough procedure, which uses electrical stimulation to help teeth "remineralise", could be available as early as 2017.