Dental implants are one solution to tooth loss among adults, though not always the most comfortable nor fastest way to recovering our pearly whites. But Dr. Jeremy Mao and his team at Columbia University have come up with an interesting technique for dental implants that could significantly alleviate this common problem.
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The group believe that they’ve found a way to have the body’s stem cells migrate to a three-dimensional scaffold made of natural material and placed in a patient’s mouth. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.
Although the results of their study were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association almost 10 years ago, Columbia University have already applied for patents for this technology, possibly making it a commercially viable reality in the near future.