Did you know that healthy and viable stem cells can be found throughout the body—even inside teeth?
Doctors and researchers are working on new applications and trials to determine all of the therapies, benefits, and applications of stem cells. Cryopreservation of these cells is becoming a more common option for patients who would like to preserve the stem cells found within their extracted teeth for possible future use.
Wisdom teeth are some of the most commonly extracted teeth. Once removed, these teeth are discarded as medical waste. However, most wisdom teeth that are removed are healthy in nature, which means it is a good opportunity to discuss stem cell recovery and cryopreservation with your oral surgeon.
Stem cells are cells that are found throughout the body, such as within tissues and organs. While most cells can only duplicate into other like cells, stem cells are unique because they can duplicate into different kinds of specialized cells, such as skin, muscle, bones, and nerves. Their regenerative and restorative properties make them attractive to many doctors, researchers, and patients.
The stem cells that are banked today may be valuable for future treatment. Stem cells found in teeth can be banked at any time, but since wisdom teeth are typically healthy when extracted, they provide a unique opportunity to preserve stem cells that are healthy in quantity and quality.
If you are interested in the cryopreservation of stem cells from your extracted teeth, we encourage you to contact us to learn more.