We Can Re-Grow Teeth Now!

Re-Grow Teeth in 9-12 Weeks!

At around age 6, you start to get your adult teeth, and those 32 adult teeth are the only ones you get for the rest of your life.

When they go bad, you can either try to fill them or fix them in other ways, or you can lose them.

In the U.S., 14.5% of adults (about 46.8 million people) have lost all their teeth by age 65. People ages 20-64, though, have an average of 24.9 remaining teeth, meaning a loss of 7 teeth.

However, there is new hope!

Scientists have found new ways to re-grow adult teeth.

Three New Methods

·      3D Scaffolding + Stem Cells

Dr. Jeremy Mao, a Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has created a 3D tooth scaffold. He uses a process where the body’s own stem cells collect on and cover the scaffold and regrow the tooth in just 9 weeks. The cells help it merge and connect with the underlying tissues, so no implantation is required. The scaffold is made of a natural material, so it’s safe.

This technique is brand new, and they are just now filing patents on the process.

·      Drug + Stem Cells

Another promising method to regrow lost or damaged teeth involves an Alzheimer’s drug called Tideglusib. The drug is designed to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, but it was discovered that it also causes the body to activate its natural tooth-regrowing mechanisms.

Tideglusib activates stem cells inside the tooth’s pulp which is where dentine gets made. Normally, teeth have a GSK-3 enzyme which stops dentine from forming, so that’s why we can’t repair our own cavities. Tideglusib, however, deactivates this enzyme, so the tooth starts creating dentine again and repairing cavities – even deep ones.

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When scientists tested it out, they took small collagen sponges and soaked it with the drug. They inserted the sponges into the tooth’s cavities. Within 6 weeks, the cavities were healed, and the collagen sponge was simply broken down and eliminated by the body. Only the newly intact tooth was left.

So far, it has only been used on the teeth of mice, but they’re working on getting it into dental clinics. How long that process will take is unknown, though. Dr. DeSouza at the University of Utah says that she thinks it will take 5-10 years for this technology to be available in your local dental clinic.

·      Laser + Stem Cells

Harvard researcher David Mooney is working on a method to regrow teeth using stem cells and a laser. He and his colleagues used a low-powered laser to stimulate growth factors and coax the body’s stem cells into reforming dentin.

The laser mainly works by activating Transforming Growth Factor Beta-1 (TGF-β1), a multifunctional protein that regulates cell proliferation and differentiation. It is the protein that is mainly responsible for re-growing the dentin.

They’ve used the technique successfully on rats and mice and were able to repair teeth in 12 weeks. As for when they will use this method on humans is still unclear.  They just say they hope to start human trials “soon”.

You Can Bank Your Own Dental Stem Cells Now

Teeth contain stem cells, as we’ve discussed, and these stem cells can be useful later on in case you come down with an illness like heart disease, cancer, and such. There are dental clinics and other medical facilities that allow you to bank your stem cells now to be used later should the need arise.

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Here’s a dental clinic in New York that offers the service, so you can read more about it there. A Google search will allow you to find someone who offers the service near you if it’s something you’d be interested in exploring.

If we start using these techniques to successfully re-grow damaged or missing teeth, we could save an enormous amount pain and misery at dental offices worldwide. We’d also potentially save millions of teeth each year!  That will be so incredible…

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