Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics at OC Oral Surgery
Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary frontier, especially for medical professionals excited about using clinical trials to create solutions. Oral surgeons have taken advantage of these discoveries and applied them to everyday wisdom teeth extractions. They have had extraordinary success with using stem cell harvesting techniques in conjunction with ordinary extractions. Since this procedure occurs early in life for your child, they will experience every benefit. Since healthy teeth are so crucial to the success of stem cell banking, wisdom teeth are perfect. Rarely affected by cavities or other health issues, wisdom teeth efficiently store stem cells. After these cells are harvested and banked, they await your child’s needs in the future. If your child has major health crises, stored stem cells could prove to be a lifesaver when it comes to battling illness.
When you come to OC Oral Surgery, our team of dental professionals are equipped to ensure your child receives high-quality treatment and a comfortable experience. We are focused on providing individualized, empathetic care, and our approach to creating a customized treatment plan proves it. When you schedule an appointment, we guide you through the process before you bring your child to the office. Whether you want to know more about the approach to storing stem cells from wisdom teeth, processing methods, or something else, our oral surgeons can give you the answers you need.
After your child’s wisdom teeth have been safely extracted, their teeth will be shipped overnight to a laboratory facility. After arrival, their stem cells will be banked until your child needs them in the future. OC Oral Surgery’s plan involves an initial processing fee and then a storage fee — due each month these teeth are stored. Schedule your child’s wisdom teeth extraction and discuss banking stem cells with your oral surgeon today!
What are stem cells?
Major stem cell discoveries have transformed the medical community’s approach to future solutions for major diseases. Issues such as cancer and diabetes target highly specialized cells, and it can be almost impossible for the body to fully repair itself. The process of repair and recovery can be stunted by low numbers of healthy specialized cells. Fortunately, adult stem cells have the capacity to take over for destroyed cells and repair specialized solid tissue.
Stem cells are placed in two categories — adult stem cells, and embryonic stem cells. Cord blood banking, another important option for your child, involves embryonic stem cells. During pregnancy, these cells help develop your baby’s heart, immune system, kidneys, and all other internal organs and systems. However, when it comes to regenerative medicine, adult stem cells are crucial. This is because they are able to survive outside the body, which other cells often cannot do. This makes them an optimal, safe choice for storage in laboratories or public banks. These cells are also adaptable to most circumstances and cell types, so they can conduct repairs on ravaged specialized cells. For families who have a history of severe medical issues, these factors are especially crucial.
Why bank stem cells?
If you take the step of banking your child’s stem cells immediately, the stem cell count contained in their wisdom teeth will be significantly higher. This is because your child’s age is an important factor. The younger your child is, the higher their stem cell count. If your child’s teeth aren’t banked until later in life, their stem cell count will be quite low and less effective in the case of a health crisis. Additionally, waiting for other tooth extractions isn’t a good idea. Most future removal procedures will focus on unhealthy teeth, which makes them a poor choice for stem cell banking.
If you already decided to bank your child’s umbilical cord, stem cell banking benefits differ drastically. Stored cord blood stem cells are helpful when it comes to regenerating blood cells. However, solid tissue requires mesenchymal stem cells. Referred to as MSCs, and also known as adult stem cells, they restore tissue that cord blood stem cells can’t. Since they can transform and duplicate into different cell types, they provide a form of insurance for your child and peace of mind for you.