Fun Dental Fact: Fish Can Regrow Teeth

  • Posted on: Oct 21 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if it was possible to regrow a tooth that had fallen out or been extracted? Many people lose their teeth to early in life and would love to regrow them. While humans may not be able to regrow teeth, a recent study found that fish can. The study also offered hope that there may be a way for humans to regrow their teeth in the future.

“We have uncovered developmental plasticity between teeth and taste buds, and we are trying to understand the pathways that mediate the fate of cells toward either dental or sensory development,” said Todd Streelman, a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Biology. “The potential applications to humans makes this interesting to everybody who has dealt with dental issues at one time or another in their lives.”

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