Stem cell therapy and dental treatments

The UK spends £ 5.8bn annually on dental treatments[3]

74% of British adults have had a tooth removed[1]

31%of UK adults suffer from tooth decay[2]

A third of children are starting school with visible signs of tooth decay[1]

Stem cell therapy research

The discovery of dental pulp stem cells has resulted in a great deal of studies and predictions about their future uses. A prime example is the regeneration of damaged or decaying dental tissue, with researchers venturing that stem cell research and growth will transform dental practice in a magnitude far higher than amalgam or dental implants over time.

Scientists have created a regenerative dental filling that enable teeth to cure themselves and eliminate the need for root canals. This treatment, developed by scientists from Nottingham University and Harvard University, won a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry after it was described by judges as a “new paradigm for dental treatments.”

The filling of the tooth works by stimulating stem cells to stimulate the growth of dentin— the bony material that makes up the majority of the tooth— allowing patients to regrow effectively.

While stem cell studies in dentistry are still in the early phases, the prospective application for oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration is now regarded as an achievable reality.

Our stem cell releases for dental treatments

In another recent study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands[4], they found that MSCs isolated from dental pulp could generate bone-like minerals. Future Health Biobank supported this pioneering study by providing umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) samples. These samples were acquired upon consent and were separate to those stored for our clients. You can read a summary of this study here.

References

1. https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2015/07/29/fourteen-facts-need-know-oral-health/

2. https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/partnership-withe-centre-for-dentistry/

3. https://www.chemist-4-u.com/guides/pharmaceutical-advice/dental-statistics-uk

4. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ten.tea.2018.0192

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