Viable, healthy stem cells are found within the teeth. As doctors and researchers are hard at work to unlock all the therapeutic benefits and applications of these potent cells, more patients are turning to cryopreservation of their own stem cells harvested from their extracted teeth.
One of the most commonly extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, which are typically discarded as medical waste after they are removed. Because they are one of the most commonly removed teeth that are generally healthy, wisdom teeth removal is a great time to discuss stem cell recovery and cryopreservation with your oral surgeon.
Stem cells are unique and powerful cells that are found in many tissues and organs throughout the body. Unlike other cells, which can only duplicate into other like cells (for example, muscle tissue cells duplicating new muscle tissue cells), stem cells can become any kind of specialized cell. They repair and restore tissues throughout the body, such as skin, muscle, bones, nerves, and more.
Doctors and researchers are hopeful about the therapeutic application of stem cells and are working to uncover treatments for a variety of conditions, diseases, and disorders.
Simply put, these cells may prove to be a valuable treatment option in the future. Although stem cells from teeth can be banked at any time, they naturally break down in quantity and quality as we age. Since wisdom teeth are one of the most commonly extracted teeth and are usually removed during the early to mid-teenage years, it offers an optimal time to consider preserving these cells.
If you are interested in harvesting and cryopreserving stem cells from teeth, please contact Stephenville Oral Surgery. A member of our team will be happy to assist.