STEM CELL THERAPY IN DENTISTRY-AN OVERVIEW

Dr. Bijo Alexander, Dr. Rajeev. R, Dr. Vivek V. Nair, Dr. Anand. R. Krishnan, Dr. Rohini P. V

Abstract


The emergence of stem cell therapy has given a great fill up for the future of tissue regenerative medicine. Dental stem cells have great potential
because of its accessibility, plasticity and proliferative ability. Various studies have shown that stem cells are primarily found in 'niches' and dental
tissues are a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells that are useful for tissue engineering application. Several types of dental stem cells have been
identified including those from human dental pulp, primary exfoliated deciduous teeth, periodontal ligament, third molar follicles etc. Many
studies are still in nascent stages but it is imperative that stem cells and tissue engineering will give rise to a separate branch of regenerative
dentistry which will leave an indelible print in future of dental practice.


Keywords


dental stem cells, tooth regeneration, regenerative dentistry.

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