New Delhi: Don`t worry about your child`sloss of teeth or if they have immature ones as doctors atAIIMS can regrow them using stem cell technique by just makinga minute slit in their root. "We at AIIMS are treating children with infected,immature teeth as a result of traumatic injuries, by usinglocally available indigenous stem cells," Dr Naseem Shah,Chief of the Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMSsaid.
The clot provides a scaffold into which various stemcells achieved stimulation at the root end and the adjoiningbone. They then multiply and form dentin, bone or cementum,which deposits on the weak root walls as well as causeselongation of the root. Explaining further, Dr Shah said, "The sources for stemcells are the dental pulp stem cells, periodontal ligamentstem cells and bone marrow stem cells. Growth factors fromapical tissues and the blood clot itself helps in stimulationof these stem cells and regeneration of the tissues." In young children, front teeth are most often affected.Loss of front teeth in young children and adolescents affectsaesthetics and may cause psychological problems. She informed that this method was first tried on 14children in the age group of 9-16 years over the past fouryears. "Now we are practising this method of treatmentroutinely for managing immature, non-vital teeth in youngchildren after getting successful results in almost all ourtreated cases," Dr Shah said. She said, "This is the most cost effective treatment thatcan be done with stem cells. Here we do not need externalexpensive scaffold material as in case of treatment of otherailments with stem cells. And the outcome is predictable.There are no side effects too."PTI
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