Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics at Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery
Clinical trials are a thrilling frontier for medical professionals. This is certainly true when it comes to the field of regenerative medicine. Fortunately, oral surgeons are at the center of the movement to apply these trials to their everyday practices. This is good news for your child’s wisdom teeth extraction. These teeth have a high stem cell count, which means that oral surgeons can harvest and store these teeth. Stem cell transplantation can occur whenever necessary.
Wisdom teeth are the best option for stem cell banking. This is because most wisdom teeth are removed due to placement issues rather than health-related ones. Consequently, the stem cells stored inside these teeth remain healthy and unaffected by disease. After these cells are processed and stored in a state-of-the-art laboratory, they await any major health events in your child’s future. Stem cells can provide a life-saving boost if your child needs to fight back against diseases, such as leukemia and diabetes.
At Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery, your team of certified, experienced dental professionals are prepared to extract your child’s wisdom teeth and process their stem cells. Our team is laser-focused on compassion, excellence, and making sure that each patient can confidently participate in creating their treatment plan. After you schedule your child’s appointment with our main office, your oral surgeon is ready to walk you through the plan so that all your questions get answered ahead of time. Whether you want to know more about the initial teeth removal process, storage methods, or stem cell transplantation, your dental team can provide the answers.
After your child’s wisdom teeth are safely removed, they will be sent to a laboratory. Once they arrive, these teeth will be stored until needed. To initially process them, Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery has created a simple payment plan. There is a fee for initial processing and a monthly storage fee. Schedule your child’s appointment today, and ask your oral surgeon to walk you through the process of banking stem cells!
What are stem cells?
In the past, solutions to chronic and terminal diseases were limited. Now, radical stem cell discoveries have provided a new outlook on these diseases. Since most cells affected by these issues are incredibly specialized, it’s hard for the body to duplicate these cells to conduct repairs. This type of cellular repair can be stunted or paused by a decline in healthy specialized cell numbers. Fortunately, adult stem cells can adapt to most cells and repair various forms of solid tissue.
There are adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. The latter are associated with cord blood banking. During pregnancy, in the earliest stages, embryonic stem cells help develop systems and organs. For example, this includes the heart, kidneys, immune system, and more. However, in the field of regenerative medicine, adult stem cells take center stage. Because they can survive outside the hospitable environment of the body, they are an optimal choice for storage in public banks. Adult stem cells are also adaptable, which means they are an ideal choice for specialized cells. All of these factors are important, especially to family members with a history of medical problems.
Why bank stem cells?
Making the decision to bank your child’s wisdom teeth now means that the stem cell count in their stored teeth will be higher. Even though your child will likely experience other tooth extractions throughout their life, other procedures will remove unhealthy teeth. Most wisdom teeth are removed because of placement issues, which makes them healthy, optimal candidates for stem cell banking. Your child’s age also works in their favor. If you wait to bank your child’s stem cells until they are older, their stem cell count will drop.
If you already banked your child’s umbilical cord, though, the benefits are still different. Mesenchymal stem cells, referred to as MSCs and the type of stem cells stored in wisdom teeth, restore solid tissue. Regenerating blood cells requires banked cord blood stem cells. Since mesenchymal stem cells can duplicate different types of specialized tissue, they provide insurance against future health crises your child may experience.