Stem cells in wisdom teeth

Stem cells in wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, they don’t do much – do they? In some people, wisdom teeth are great at growing sideways, well known for sitting on nerves, and usually have a buddy called Abscess.

Though most of us would like or need them out at some stage, there is something special about them. The dental pulp of wisdom teeth contain stem cells which researchers claim can be used to make neural, bone and other cells.

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences are demonstrating that stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be ‘coaxed’ to become cells of the eye’s cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury.
Read an article on the research here.