Edition V03N02 | Year 2013 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 46 to 51
Introduction: Scientific advances made to understand the molecular regulation of tooth morphogenesis, biology of stem cells and biotechnology provide opportunities that will enable tooth regeneration in the near future. Stem cells are capable of stimulating tissue regeneration and, as a consequence, present many therapeutic perspectives, which make them feasible to be applied in Dentistry. Their applicability in the regeneration of oral structures becomes nearer and nearer every day; however, additional studies are warranted to further comprehend the best method for storing stem cells and the adequate laboratorial procedures that shall be applied when those cells are used. Furthermore, it is necessary to know all cell subdivisions, according to their place of origin.
Methods: The method employed for conducting the present study was the search for scientific articles in journals, books as well as in the following databases: BIREME, LILACS, PubMed and SciELO.
Conclusion: This literature review aimed at exemplifying the main groups of cells, their functions and difficulties in order to provide basic knowledge that may be used by dental surgeons.