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Forget the Tooth Fairy, Order a Biotooth

by Lambert Varias

A group of British scientists claim that they have figured out a way to make dentures obsolete, with the power of stem cells. Simply put, stem cells taken from a patient will be used to grow a bunch of cells that will grow into a tooth. The cells will then be implanted in an incision in the patient’s gum. Even more amazing, the process of “nudging” the stem cells to turn into a “ball of cells” that will in turn become a tooth supposedly takes only two weeks. The scientists have formed a company, Odontis, to capitalize on their technique, and they are calling their (potential) product the BioTooth.

biotooth schematic

The scientists – led by, Prof. Paul Sharpe, a specialist in the field of regenerative dentistry at the Dental Institute of King’s College, London – also claim to have successfully tested the technique in mice. Based on The Guardian‘s article, however, it seems that although Sharpe’s team can coax the stem cells to become a tooth, they can’t force it to become a specific kind of tooth, like a molar or an incisor. Still, this is an amazing breakthrough.  Bad news for the tooth fairy. And for people who make dentures.

[via Neatorama]

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Comments (8):

  1. technabob says:

    Growing your own tooth is way better than pulling your own tooth. :)

  2. steve says:

    I doubt we’ll get this for at least another ten to fifteen years.

  3. Cindy Dornier says:

    this is more like the typical vaporware you hear about all time. I doubt you’ll EVER hear anything about this again except from people WANTING this to be true. This has been going on since 2002. It’s like Nuclear Fusion that’s just 20 years away…they’ve been saying that for what like 60 years now? Don’t hold your breath!

  4. RajBaj says:

    Is Cindy Dornier the Tooth Fairy? She seems scared of this technology…:)

    • Cindy Dornier says:

      Not scared of the technology. Actually it SOUNDS possible. But I bet when this does happened it’s either YEARS away or by some other company we don’t know anything about. Like some HUGE company who can innovate this totally in house in the dark outside the public eye. Sharpe might get a big suprise when some big company beats him to the punch. Or it could be 15 or 20 years?

      • RajBaj says:

        Who cares about who achieves that first? We should be more concerned, at this point, with when this happens. We can worry about who monopolizes this, or not, later. Right now this is exciting news and lets just enjoy that. There is a fine line between realism and pessimism.

  5. Karen says:

    This is amazing. I just want them to announce something soon? I’m 18 and have to get my premolars extracted cause of decay and it was broken down bad.

  6. mat says:

    Prof. Paul Sharpe hasnt gone any further, the Chinese, Japaneses and US have gone further by publishing pictures and the progress, this guy just wants to patent the idea and profit from other researchers progress.
    I truly think patents not should be give until there is a workable human example.

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