Cloning: the Future of Dentistry?

There are many of options available in the world of modern dentistry for people who lose one of their permanent teeth. Implants, bridgework, and dentures, each of these are great ways to plug the hole in your bite and give you back the aesthetic and functionality you had before. However, in the future, places like our Bellevue dentistry clinic may be able to effectively insert one of your own teeth back into your head.

Though the process is still a little immature, a group in London has reported some success in growing entirely new teeth from human stem cells. Using this science, a dentist may be able to take some of your own stem cells, develop a new tooth in a laboratory, and place it into your mouth. There the tooth can accept blood flow and grow just like one of your original teeth, without any of the problems frequently associated with an artificial tooth. Though further work needs to be done before the technique is ready for use in a dental office, we are all excited to see where this science may take the future of dental care.