Stem cells are rapidly attracting worldwide attention as doctors and researchers begin to unfold their incredible potential. Thousands of viable wisdom teeth are removed by oral surgeons around the globe each day, and the vast majority of them are discarded as medical waste. Our teeth hold an abundance of untapped stem cells that present an appealing option for stem cell collection and storage. Your wisdom teeth are usually the only healthy adult teeth that will be removed in your lifetime that contain abundant stores of stem cells, making this the perfect opportunity for banking.
At Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we want every patient to have their best chance at a healthy future. That’s why we’ve partnered with Stemodontics™ to help eligible extraction patients harvest and bank their stem cells from the pulp of their teeth that would otherwise be thrown away as medical waste. To learn more about stem cell banking, please watch the helpful videos we’ve provided, visit the Stemodontics website, or ask Dr. Huang if stem cell banking is right for you.
What are stem cells?
You may have heard of stem cells but are unsure exactly what they are and why they hold such incredible potential for medical discovery. Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in your body which are responsible for repairing and restoring your tissues. Specialized cells in your body can regenerate and restore specific tissues; for example, muscle tissue cells can only duplicate into new muscle tissue cells. Stem cells are truly unique because they can duplicate and grow into any specialized cell that your body needs. They can heal and restore your skin, nerves, muscles, bones, and much more. Adult stem cells are also amazingly viable and have the power to live and continuously replicate in a controlled environment outside of your body. So you can see that the ability of stem cells to differentiate into the type of cells your body most needs for healing and growth is of particular interest to the medical community.
What if we could harness the power of these cells and apply them in a manner that specifically allows our bodies to heal from diseases or injuries? Today, doctors and researchers are doing just this — harnessing stem cell biology to address diseases and disorders that we once thought untreatable and opening doors for a new wave of medical treatment.
Why bank stem cells?
What if stem cells could help you prevent future illness or the illness of your loved ones? Advances in stem cell research present an opportunity for you to achieve this by banking stem cells for use in future medical treatment. At Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we believe that every person should have the opportunity to preserve their medical future, and it is important to know that there are limited opportunities for you to safely and painlessly collect and store stem cells.
When we are young, our bodies house lots of healthy stem cells, but as we age, the stem cells in our body begin to decline in both quality and quantity. Every time your stem cells duplicate, they lose just a small bit of their value, which makes it more difficult for our bodies to fight off disease or recover from injuries as we age. That is why it is important to bank your stem cells as early as possible to maximize their viability for future use.
How do I get started?
Getting started with Stemodontics is easy! Sign up to participate at our office before your surgical appointment. Dr. Huang will answer any questions you have about the collection and storage process and help you complete the online enrollment process. Then, the Stemodontics state-of-the-art laboratory will send a collection kit to Dr. Huang for the upcoming procedure. Once the tooth has been removed and properly stored, it will be shipped to the lab overnight for immediate processing and storage. When you are ready to utilize your stem cell sample, all you need to do is contact Stemodontics. We will ship your sample to your designated healthcare provider.
Take action today to secure your medical future or the medical future of your loved ones! Click here to learn more about stem cell banking services through Stemodontics and enroll today.