Those who live in fear of the infamous root canal – maligned worldwide for its painful nature and disliked for the fact that it kills the tooth – will find relief in the news that researchers have found a promising alternative in the form of stem cell fillings.
This approach relies on treating root causes and conditions (no pun intended) rather than treating surface symptoms. The goal of regenerative medicine? To return former functionality to the body – in this case, the tooth.
The goal behind stem cell fillings is to repair the tooth as though the damage had never occurred. Of course, this approach raises many questions. How is it different than a root canal? Where do you get the stem cells? Are there risks involved? The goal of this article is to answer these questions. [Read more…]