Teeth Will Soon Be Growable, Thanks To New Procedure
December 28, 2009
The surgical procedure, developed by the Dental Institute of King’s College, London, works by implanting a small ball of cells within the gum. These cells grow a new tooth, and well as bone that anchors it to the jaw.
This will remove the need for surgically attaching false teeth, which require a wire to be driven through the jaw bone to keep the teeth in place, which is often impossible for older patients with softening bones.
“The surgery today can be extensive and you need to have good solid bone in the jaw and that is a major problem for some people,” Paul Sharpe, who lead the research, said.
While it has not yet been tested in humans it is believed that there will be no problem with transferring the method.
The researchers from King’s College have opened up the company Odontis to perform the procedure.