TOOTH REGENERATION

Dr.-Avantika-Batish

Tooth Regeneration

Dr. Avantika Batish is working as Director Strategy and Healthcare at International Health Emergency Learning and Preparedness. Also, guest faculty for MBA (HR) and MBA Healthcare Management at various B-Schools and is a soft skills trainer.

A colorful fish found in Africa may hold the secret to growing lost teeth. In a collaborative study between the Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College London, researchers looked at the cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi in Africa, who lose teeth just to have a new one slide into place.

Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identifies the genes responsible for growing new teeth and may lead to the secret to “tooth regeneration” in humans. Another study from a Harvard team successfully used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.

Tooth Regeneration

The results were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Stem cells are no ordinary cells. They have the extraordinary ability to multiply and transform into many different types of cells in the body. They repair tissues by dividing continually either as a new stem cell or as a cell with a more specialized job such as a red blood cell, a skin cell, or a muscle cell. Dentures and dental implants may soon become a thing of the past. Stem cell research is making it possible to regrow your missing teeth!

This is a much-needed medical advancement, especially considering that by the age of 74—26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

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