It may soon be possible to regenerate injured/diseased dental pulp (nerve and nutrient transport system) by using stem cells from a disposable source (i.e. baby teeth). These damaged areas are the primary reason for the need of a root canal procedure.
Source: Cordeiro M et al., Dental Pulp Engineering with Stem Cells from Exfoliated Deciduous Teeth, J Endod, Vol 34, pg 962-969.
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)