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Healing After Oral Surgery With Stem Cells

A recent study conducted by the University Of Michigan definitely proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the use of stem cells can heal jaws much quicker after oral surgical procedures that with other bone regenerative practices. This confirms what scientists have already known for decades, but in a tangible, understandable and ethically unchallenging form. 

The Research

The research was conducted on two groups of patients, both groups undergoing a tooth extraction procedure. One part of the patients were given traditional bone regenerative procedures, and the other group were given bone regenerative material that was infused with stem cells taken from the patients own bone marrow (from the collarbone, to be precise). The patients given stem cells responded more quickly, required shorter healing times, and healed much more successfully than their counterparts given traditional bone regenerative methods. 

It is important to note that this is for extractions and damaged jaw bones in general, but stem cells can also be helpful in correcting endemic, or even some genetically occurring problems, something that prostheses, for example, cannot fix. 

Implications

Although stem cell research is still in its infancy, it can be noted that stem cells are definitely the future of post operative healing procedures. As stem cells can become any specialized cell in the body, they are of incredible value to the world of medicine. Basically, no matter what sort of tissues suffer damage, if they can be removed, they can, in theory at least be regenerated with the use of stem cells. This means that whatever sort of oral surgery you get, getting stem cells put in will lead to a shorter healing time, and to a fuller recovery.

Problems

As with all scientific research, the problem is that a lot of time and money needs to be spent before definitive, easy to consume, and most importantly, safe results can be harnessed from a given area of research or a particular set of experiments. The research into stem cells is being boycotted by religious fanatics and people who claim moral superiority, and this is very disturbing, as a potentially great thing is being held back because of ignorance and trust in archaic beliefs and principles. Stem cells can be harvested from the patient who they are going to be given to, from the blood transferred in the umbilical cord, form the bone marrow, or even from peripheral blood. Long gone are the days of fetuses being the only source of stem cells, but people still question the ethical nature of the use of cells our own bodies create because of old, unscientific codexes and tomes, and while it is their right to live life the way they want, it is rather unfair that the rest of us may find it more difficult to gain access to something that saves lives.