This volume is the 1st in a series of Ebooks that bridges the gap
between advances in science and clinical practice in odontology.
Recent advances in biology, materials science and tissue engineering
are increasingly viewed as being of enormous clinical potential.
Stem cell research has opened up the possibility of reconstructing
teeth from the association of epithelial and mesanchymal embryonic
or adult cells, as an exciting alternative to metal implants. This
Ebook will examine the multifunctional nature of a group of proteins
known as the amelogenins. Latest studies indicate that this protein
regulates the initiation and growth of hydroxyapatite crystals during
the mineralization of enamel. In addition, amelogenins organize
enamel rods during tooth development, and also aid in the development
of cementum by directing cells that form the cementum to the root
surface of the teeth. The aim of this book is to serve as a bridge
between basic biology and biomaterial sciences, and to inform clinicians
about the implications of recent advances within these fields for