Regenerative Dentistry – New advances in stem cell biology and tissue engineering are leading to the development of cutting edge approaches to dentistry both in the repair and replacement of teeth.

The term ‘Regenerative Dentistry’ has been used by Professor Paul Sharpe of the Dental Institute, King’s College London to describe his improvements in the field that look set to revolutionise dentistry.

He told the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle that by understanding the genetic control of the key processes that form teeth in the embryo, the development of a tooth could be recreated in the mouth of an adult patient.

Results obtained from mice populations show that tooth rudiments can be formed from in- vitro cultures of non-dental stem cell populations and complete teeth and associated bone can be obtained when these rudiments are transferred to adults. The future is for Regenerative Dentistry.