Teeth could be used to repair damaged spines, research suggests

By December 5, 2011 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

TEETH could hold the key to helping spinal cord injury victims to walk again. Scientists transplanted dental pulp stem cells into rats with broken backs and discovered the animals regained some leg movement.

It appeared the dental pulp, found in the centre of the tooth, stopped nerve cells dying, regenerated severed nerves and encouraged the growth of other cells supporting the spine…. cosmetic dentist london…The team behind the study at Nagoya University, Japan, claim the breakthrough brings hope to people with severe spinal cord injuries… implants london…The Nagoya University team’s report said stem cells can be extracted from “adult wisdom teeth without adverse health effects”.

It added: “There are few ethical concerns regarding their clinical use. We propose that tooth-derived stem cells may be an excellent and practical cellular resource for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.”

Alex Rankin, of spinal injury charity Aspire, said: “We are excited by the prospect of a cure being found for spinal cord ­injuries through the use of dental pulp stem cells….

“It will therefore be interesting to see how effective these cells are after delayed transplantation.”…read more

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