DAVID GRANOVSKY

A denture-free world with adult stem cells

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on September 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

bush stole my denturesNova Southeastern University’s dental researchers at the College of Dental Medicine are growing and harvesting human dental stem cells in the laboratory.A 2009 NSU survey of dentists around the nation revealed that more than half thought that they would be using stem cell and tissue engineering therapies on their patients within the next decade.

An overwhelming 96 percent of dentists believe the ability to regenerate and replace teeth and dental tissues is the future of dentistry, according to the survey.

The practical application of NSU’s research is for replacement teeth and dental tissues to be grown in the lab and implanted into patients. Having “real” replacement teeth will allow patients to better experience normal dental sensations, such as taste. Their teeth will have the ability to function, grow and develop as normal healthy teeth.

The goal of NSU’s research is to ultimately put an end to the fear of millions of Americans, who will no longer have to worry about a lack of teeth, dental pain, dental disease and using dentures.

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