Harvesting Dental Stem Cells for Future Use

Stem cells are tremendously valuable because they can be directed to mature into any type of cell in the human body. They can be used in treatments for various illnesses and injuries and have shown promise in interventions for a range of conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and leukemia, among others.

When the stem cells used to develop treatments are your own, there is a lower chance of complications such as rejection of the cells. Patients who use their own stem cells may also be able to avoid anti-rejection drugs that compromise the immune system.

Fortunately, the pulp in your teeth is a plentiful source of these versatile cells. Dental stem cells reproduce particularly quickly and for long durations.

Dental stem cells are also quite easy to access, much more so than those found in the bone marrow that is often another source of these cells. Any tooth removed from the mouth – primary teeth, wisdom teeth, or other permanent teeth – can be harvested for stem cells.

Younger patients tend to have more robust dental stem cells that are more useful in medical treatments. When your child has a primary tooth on the verge of being lost, you may want to take your child to an oral surgeon to have the stem cells extracted and stored.

Oral surgeons can use a system called StemSave to store these stem cells for later use. Immediately after the oral surgery or simple extraction, the teeth are placed in the StemSave recovery and transport unit and shipped to StemSave using an express service. The stem cells are removed from the teeth and cryogenically preserved until you need them in the future.

If you are planning to have a tooth extracted, or if you have a child on the cusp of losing the primary teeth, take advantage of the opportunity to bank the stem cells found in those teeth. If you’re ever faced with some sort of disease or illness that can be treated using those stem cells, you’ll be glad you did.

To learn more about this safe, non-controversial source of potent stem cells, contact the office of Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD and schedule your informative consultation today.