Abstract


STEM CELL REGENERATION: FROM A TOOTH FAIRY TO PRUDENT ANGEL

Jasmeet Kaur

BDS Intern

Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Amritsar (Punjab) India

Stem cell therapy is a part of regenerative medicine, that involves the use of undifferentiated cells in order to cure the disease. Stem cells have enormous potential to alleviate sufferings of many disease that currently have no effective therapy. The research in this field is growing at an exponential rate. At present, the adult mesenchymal stem cells are being used in the head and neck region for orofacial regeneration in lieu of their proliferative and regenerative properties. Their use in the treatment of oral mucosal lesions is still in budding stages. Moreover, the current day modalities for oral mucosal lesions like ulcerative lesions, premalignancies and malignancies mainly consist of steroids, antioxidant and surgery with or without chemo/radiotherapy that leaves the patient with certain amount of morbidity. Advances in stem cell technology have opened new vistas for treatment of these lesions. This presentation will discuss the role of stem cell application in oral mucosal lesions.