A story featuring on a popular internet website, Enlightened Consciousness, has shared details of hybrid teeth grown in a laboratory. The study, which was originally published in the Journal of Dental Research, gave details of the hybrid teeth being grown and developed.
The study combined cells from a human gum with the stems cells from a mouse tooth. These were then incubated. The scientists observed that the cells multiplied to, in effect, grow a brand new tooth from scratch. The new teeth also have roots and an enamel coating to ensure they are well protected. Furthermore, it seems it is near impossible to tell them apart from a natural tooth.
Stem cell research is a major breakthrough for the dental and medical world. Due to these findings, it is now possible to regrow many different cells in the body. They can also repair damaged tissue, red blood cells, skin, and muscle. This discovery could well change the way we replace missing teeth. Meaning dental implants, dentures, and bridges could become a thing of the past. However, for now, dental implants will still remain one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth.