Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics at Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
Clinical trials have created exciting opportunities in the field of regenerative medicine. When your child’s wisdom teeth are removed, oral surgeons are now able to leverage this opportunity to your child’s benefit by harvesting and banking the stem cells contained in the wisdom teeth. Since wisdom teeth removal typically occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, the stem cell count is high due to your child’s young age. Additionally, wisdom teeth are healthy and only removed because they may cause crowding issues later in life. This means they are a great option for stem cell banking. Once these stem cells are stored in a public bank, you can have peace of mind about the future of your child’s health. Whether or not health crises occur in your child’s future, stem cells may provide a life-saving boost.
At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our highly trained staff will provide a top-notch, customized experience for your child’s wisdom teeth removal. Well-versed with a wide variety of patient needs and dental procedures, we’ve expanded our expertise to harvesting and banking stem cells. Providing long-term, specialized solutions to your child’s dental needs is important to us, and our specialists are prepared to answer your questions to give you peace of mind. Whether you want to know about the basic wisdom teeth extraction, banking stem cells, or a detailed walk-through of uses for banked stem cells, our dental team can give the answers you’re looking for.
After your child’s wisdom teeth extraction is completed, the removed teeth will undergo overnight shipping to a state-of-the-art lab facility. There, the harvested stem cells will be banked until your child needs them. When you enroll in Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center’s Stemodontics program, an initial processing fee is required. Then, you pay an affordable monthly fee for each month that the wisdom teeth are stored. After you feel confident about proceeding with your child’s wisdom teeth extraction, ask about banking stem cells!
What are stem cells?
Thanks to recent discoveries involving stem cells and the broader field of regenerative medicine, people coping with terminal illnesses may have a brighter future. This is because the human body is dependent on highly specialized cells functioning as they ought. When these cells are destroyed — by cancer, for instance — our bodies struggle to conduct efficient repairs. The amount of damage that can ultimately be repaired is constrained by the number of specialized cells left. However, adult stem cells — ones that are still healthy, since they were removed prior to disease — can assist with the repair of most forms of solid tissue.
Stem cells are divided into two categories, and this division is created based on the function these cells serve. Cord blood banking, which is also a popular storage option, utilizes embryonic stem cells. During pregnancy, these cell types are responsible for developing systems and internal organs. Some examples are the heart, kidneys, and the immune system. However, in the world of revolutionary medical discoveries, adult stem cells take center stage. This is partly because they can survive outside the body much longer than other cells. Adult stem cells also play well with other specialized cells, which means that cell replacement and restoration can occur at an unprecedented rate. Additionally, their capacity for survival means that they can be stored in a specialized facility. When families with a history of chronic diseases and terminal illnesses are making decisions about their health, this type of stem cell storage service is crucial.
Why bank stem cells?
Taking advantage of the opportunity to harvest and bank your child’s stem cells is important. Even if your child has other teeth removed later on in life, wisdom teeth are the best storage option. Other extractions will remove unhealthy, cavity-ridden teeth. Conversely, healthy wisdom teeth store adult stem cells that have proven useful in regenerative medicine. Since your child is young, their age also contributes to the benefits, since their stem cell counts are high during youth. As your child reaches adulthood and continues to age, the number of their stem cells declines.
Even if, in the past, you decided to bank your child’s umbilical cord blood, they can still benefit from adult stem cell banking. Restoring destroyed blood cells requires previously stored cord blood stem cells. However, when it comes to restoring solid tissue, adult stem cells are necessary. The storage of these healthy cells contained in wisdom teeth is crucial. Since mesenchymal stem cells — referred to as MSCs — can duplicate specialized cells, they provide a form of health insurance against any future crises your child may experience and provide your peace of mind.