Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics
The future of regenerative medicine, as proven by clinical trials, is bright. Luckily for your child, the odds are in their favor. At their age, oral surgeons can maximize the benefits of wisdom teeth removal. Since extractions usually occur in the late teens and early twenties, their stem cell count is high.
Additionally, these extracted wisdom teeth are usually healthy. They are only removed to provide enough room for other teeth, so the jaw isn’t crowded, and the patient’s bite remains unaffected. These teeth are healthy, which makes them a good choice for stem cell banking. In the future, even if your child’s bone marrow needs repair or cancer-affected cells need a boost, their health is in good hands.
What are stem cells?
Today’s stem cell research is a revolutionary field for scientists and medical professionals. Diseases that were previously incurable have potential solutions. Destroyed cells can be repaired, bone marrow restored, and a patient’s life can be saved. However, cell repair is difficult since most cells have highly specific purposes, especially when it comes to restoration. Fortunately, adult stem cells can take over to repair and restore specialized cells. This is good news for specialized tissue ravaged by cancer and other destructive diseases.
Stem cells are divided into two categories. During the first months of pregnancy, embryonic stem cells help create organs and internal systems, such as kidneys and the immune system. However, adult stem cells hold the most potential for researchers and problem-solvers today. Stem cells provide insurance against diseases such as leukemia or diabetes. This is especially true if family members have a lengthy medical history with these diseases. This potential is due to the specialized nature and capacity for survival that adult stem cells have. Not only can they repair damage, but they can also adapt to other cells and survive outside the body.
Why bank stem cells?
Fortunately, wisdom teeth are a powerhouse storage unit for adult stem cells. Wisdom teeth are the best choice, unlike other tooth extractions. Unhealthy teeth cannot be used for stem cell banking, but healthy wisdom teeth can. This means that wisdom teeth have the greatest potential in the future of regenerative medicine. Your child’s age is also perfect for stem cell banking. As patients age, their stem cell count declines. The younger a patient is, the better stem cell banking can work for them.
Even if you’ve already banked your child’s umbilical cord blood or are aware of how private cord blood banking works, the benefits of stem cell transplantation are different. This is because the type of regeneration differs between stem cell types. Cord blood stem cells can restore blood cells. Adult stem cells in wisdom teeth restore solid tissue. This is necessary to fight diseases such as cancer. Since adult stem cells can mimic and duplicate into other types of cells, they provide peace of mind. They are also a lifesaving form of insurance in case a major health crisis is in your child’s future.
At Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, each member of your dental team is well-versed in the process of harvesting stem cells. You can kick off the process by scheduling an appointment for wisdom teeth extraction. When you schedule an appointment for your child, indicate your interest in stem cell banking.
When you have a chat with your oral surgeon, they will guide you through what the process looks like and answer all your questions about collection and storage. After your child’s wisdom teeth have been successfully removed, they will be shipped to a state-of-the-art laboratory. These stem cells will be stored safely for the future. When you enroll with Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, you will pay an initial fee for processing and then a monthly fee to cover storage costs. Schedule your child’s wisdom teeth extraction today, and talk to your oral surgeon about stem cell banking!