If science could grow a tooth from base cells totally outside the body would it be able to be put directly into the gum?


I was reading about all these great strides in renewing and growing new enamel etc. and wondered if if became possible to grow a fully formed and correctly shaped tooth could it be implanted back into the gum even where a tooth had been removed and healed over previously? Obviously knocked out teeth can be put back in despite being severed from the nerve and continue to live so my first thought was yes but then I was unsure if the body would reattach to the new tooth and get the blood supply going?

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Absolutely, great question! If scientists could grow a whole tooth from special cells outside the body, it could actually be put back into the gum. Think of it like planting a little seed in the ground, but in your mouth!

When they make this new tooth, they would make sure it’s shaped just right, like your real teeth. Now, when it’s put into your gum where a tooth was taken out before, it might be a bit like giving your mouth a new friend.

You mentioned knocked-out teeth – those can sometimes be put back because the body can sometimes reconnect the nerve and blood supply. With a new grown tooth, scientists would need to make sure it’s attached to the gum correctly and maybe help with blood supply until it connects on its own.

So yes, if they do it carefully, growing a tooth and putting it into the gum could work, just like planting a special seed and helping it grow. Science can do some amazing things!