Recent developments in the medical field have opened new doors for better and more effective treatment. In dentistry, stem cell implantation may help repair damaged teeth and restore your smile.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with the ability to regenerate into new cells and repair tissue or muscle in organisms such as humans. Depending on the type of stem cell, the versatility of their regeneration may be limited. These cells include:
Embryonic Stem Cells
These cells are the most malleable stem cells from embryos three to five days old. They can become nearly any cell in the body, allowing them to regenerate or repair diseased tissue and organs. However, there is some controversy in the ethics of using embryonic stem cells for medical research and procedures.
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells are found in small numbers in bone marrow or fat. They are more limited, only able to become specific cells in the body. Recent studies have discovered bone marrow stem cells can become more than blood cells, including bone or heart muscle cells.
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
These cells are reprogrammed to act similarly to embryonic stem cells. Recent studies hold hope that these cells will open doors to medical advancement.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy has been used since the 1970s to treat certain blood diseases. The only current FDA-approved treatment is through bone marrow transplants, which may be used to treat diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and neuroblastoma.
Stem cell therapy holds the potential for future breakthroughs to treat other conditions. In dentistry, stem cells are already providing innovative new treatment options, and researchers hope to expand these options over time.
Restorative Dentistry Treatments Using Stem Cells and PRP
In dentistry, stem cell implants have become very popular. The cells are easily harvested and are available for various treatment options, reducing the risk of complications. Faces Fort Worth uses dental pulp stem cells to regenerate lost tooth structure and induce periodontal regeneration–a technique for restoring damaged tissue in the teeth.
Unfortunately, with current technology, the quality and quantity of pulp do not allow for widespread clinical use. Despite the limitations, dental pulp may be drawn from wisdom teeth, primary teeth, and permanent teeth that are fractured for orthodontic reasons.
PRP and PRF
At Faces Fort Worth, we also utilize your body’s natural healing abilities with platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin. Like stem cells, these treatments are derived directly from your body.
Both PRP and PRF are rich in growth factors that can boost tissue regeneration. PRF, however, is slightly more advanced, as it is easier to extract and has an even lower risk of contamination. The growth factors in PRP can boost tissue regeneration and support wound healing. We may use PRP and PRF injections to expedite the healing process with tooth extractions, bone grafting procedures, and more.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about stem cell therapy, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.