An extremely rich source for mesenchymal stem cells is the developing tooth bud of the mandibular third molar (wisdom tooth) and baby teeth. They are considered multi-potent because they have a proven track record of being pluripotent. The stem cells eventually form enamel, dentin, blood vessels, dental pulp, and nervous tissues, including a minimum of 29 different unique end organs. Due to the extreme ease in the collection of those that are young before calcification, and minimal to no morbidity, they constitute a major source for personal banking, research, and multiple therapies. These stem cells are also capable of producing hepatocytes, a potential cure for diabetes in the future.
Mesenchymal stem cells have already proven to be a powerful and potent platform for treatments. It will interest you to know that scientists are studying the role of these amazing cells in treating type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), corneal damage and neurological diseases like Parkinson's etc.
From the past 22 years, doctors have been using stem cells to treat over 78 diseases and blood related disease. Presently, there are over 2000 clinical trials that have been completed or in the process of completion. This is to demonstrate the use of stem cells to treat diseases, heal injuries, and grow replacement tissues like bone, cartilage, nerve, skin, muscles, and blood vessels.
Regenerative medicine is the "process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. This field is capable of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body and replacing them and/or stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms so as to heal previous irreparable tissues or organs.
By safeguarding your teeth or child’s teeth, you are helping to insure their future. Wisdom teeth are one of the most viable sources of stem cells. It gives you comfort when banked.
Storing dental stem cells is similar to storing umbilical cord stem cells. Unlike the hematopoietic stem cells derived from umbilical cord that can only develop in the blood of immune related cells, MSCs derived from teeth have unlimited potential due to their pluripotency (ability to differentiate in the several cell types).
Please contact our friendly team at Future Tooth to learn more about storing your dental stem cells. We look forward to talking with you.
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