illustration of cells dividingA recent study done at Columbia College of Dental Medicine states that certain stem cells can stimulate healing, create new cartilage and repair damaged joints. Stem cells have the ability to tighten ligaments in the body, such as the TMJ ligaments, and can regenerate TMJ cartilage.  The TMJ has several ligaments including the sphenomandibular, stylomandibular and capsular ligaments, which could all potentially benefit from stem cell therapy. Additionally, new cartilage within the TMJ can result in a smoother movement of the jaw joints and prevent possible dislocations of the jaw joint/s. To read the full article on stem cells and tmj, please click on the following link: Columbia University Newsroom Article