Dental-derived Stem Cells and whole Tooth Regeneration: an Overview

Aous Dannan


The need for new dental tissue-replacement therapies is evident in recent reports which reveal startling statistics regarding the high incidence of tooth decay and tooth loss. Recent advances in the identification and characterization of dental stem cells, and in dental tissue-engineering strategies, suggest that bioengineering approaches may successfully be used to regenerate dental tissues and whole teeth. Interest in dental tissue-regeneration applications continues to increase as clinically relevant methods for the generation of bioengineered dental tissues, and whole teeth, continue to improve. This paper is concerned about dental-derived stem cells and their characterization. Additionally, since conventional dental treatments partially serve the purpose for replacing missing teeth and always include possible failure rates, the potential of dental-derived stem cells in promoting whole tooth regeneration is also discussed.



Dental stem cells; Tissue engineering; Tooth regeneration

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