Sharks Inspire Dental Stem Cell Research

teeth health smile dentistInspired by the fact that sharks can re-grow lost teeth, scientists are investigating the possibility of humans doing the same. Stem cells exist throughout the body including the teeth so re-growing a tooth is theoretically possible. Scientists have already:

– Combined gum tissue and stem cells to grow teeth

– Implanted teeth in rats and used stem cells to re-grow the tooth structure

– Created a 3D tooth scaffold using stem cells

The new technology would almost eliminate the need for a dentist to carry out dental implant surgery and the next step is “to reproduce the results in humans”.

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.