Friday, March 15 2013, 06:16 PM MDT
Scientists Grow New Teeth
(KUTV) We all get two sets of teeth; now science may one day allow us to grow new teeth as adults.
Researchers in London created bio-engineered teeth using a mixture of cells from people and mice. They implanted the teeth into mice, where they took root and grew. Now scientists want to try the same with humans.
“What we need to be able to do is take a small number of cells from a patient, expand them, get many more of them in a lab and then make a tooth from them,” says Paul Sharpe, Lead Researcher at the Dental Institute at King’s College.
Researchers say it could be years before what was achieved in the lab is available to patients sitting in the dentist’s chair. They expect the cell-based teeth will cost around the same amount as traditional dental implants, currently between $1,200 and $1,500, by the time they hit the market.
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