Researchers have recently discovered that regenerating craniofacial tissue (mostly bone) is possible using stem cell therapy. It is a much faster process and less invasive than regular bone regrowth methods.
The study examined 24 patients who needed reconstructive surgery after having teeth removed. Some of the patients were treated using stem cell therapy and others using the traditional method.
Darnell Kaigler, principal investigator and assistant professor at the U-M School of Dentistry, said “In patients with jawbone deficiencies who also have missing teeth, it is very difficult to replace the missing teeth so that they look and function naturally. This technology and approach could potentially be used to restore areas of bone loss so that missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants.”
Using stem cells is a great alternative because it uses the patient’s cells rather then foreign ingredients. The results of the study were positive. All of the patients received dental implants after 6 to 12 weeks, and the ones with stem cells were regenerating bone at a quicker rate. They also needed less bone grafting.
This technology is still quite a few years away from being approved for mass use, but it’s an exciting option to look forward to.