Stem cells are cells with remarkable regenerative abilities. They divide to create new cells that can develop into many different types of specialized cells. By creating new cells, stem cells replenish different systems in the body to promote growth and healing.
Every day, scientists are finding new stem cell treatments that reverse diseases and injuries that were once thought to be incurable. Through stem cell banking, you have an opportunity to save your own or your child’s stem cells for future use. Our practice offers dental stem cell banking in case you or a loved one ever needs a stem cell treatment in the future.
Your Teeth and Stem Cell Banking
Teeth (especially larger teeth, such as wisdom teeth and molars) are rich sources of adult stem cells. When wisdom teeth and other teeth are extracted, they are usually just thrown away as medical waste. Stem cell banking saves these valuable resources in case you ever need them later. Banking your stem cells is a good idea for a few reasons:
- It could help treat a disease or injury in the future.
- It requires no extra work from you — the cells are taken directly from the teeth after they are extracted.
- Saving your stem cells greatly reduces risks for rejection or disease transmission during future treatments.
Over the past few years, scientists have found many uses for stem cells: stem cells have successfully treated severe burns, heart damage, eye injuries, and a variety of blood and immune system disorders, such as leukemia. Recent clinical trials have shown promising evidence that stem cells can treat many more conditions, including spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more. Saving stem cells now could save your or your loved one’s life later on.
To learn more about stem cell banking at Alexandria Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, contact one of our offices in Alexandria, LA, or Vidalia, LA.