Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics at Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
When it comes to regenerative medicine, clinical trials have uncovered previously unimaginable opportunities. This is especially exciting when it comes to your child’s wisdom teeth extractions because our team of dental professionals is able to apply these discoveries to this common procedure. The stem cells stored in your child’s wisdom teeth are now able to be harvested and safely stored. Typically, this coming-of-age procedure happens between the ages of 17 and 25. This means that your child’s youth is favorable for experiencing every benefit associated with banking stem cells. Since their wisdom teeth are removed to prevent future health issues, these teeth are still healthy and a great option for stem cell storage. Once these stem cells are stored, you can experience greater peace of mind about your child’s health and future. If your child experiences a major health crisis in the future, stem cells may prove useful.
At Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our practice offers the highest level of quality care for your child. Our custom-designed facility is well prepared to handle the process of wisdom teeth extraction, harvesting stem cells, and processing them for future storage. Preparing you and your child with information to make a decision and creating an efficient plan are our top priorities. If you want to know more about the benefits of stem cell banking, storage details, or the extraction process itself, our team of experienced oral surgeons can walk you through the answers.
After the extraction process is safely completed, your child’s wisdom teeth will be shipped overnight to a state-of-the-art lab. Once processed, these stem cells will be banked safely, ready if your child needs them in the future. When you enroll in the Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Stemodontics program, an initial fee is required to complete processing. Then, you will continue to pay a fee for each month these wisdom teeth are safely housed in our state-of-the-art laboratory. Once you’re confident that all your questions have been answered, make an appointment for your child’s wisdom teeth removal, and ask our team about banking stem cells!
What are stem cells?
The discoveries that transformed the medical community’s view of stem cells have provided new hope and potential for people coping with chronic diseases and terminal illnesses. Our bodies are heavily reliant on the efficient function of incredibly unique, specialized cells. When destructive diseases ravage these cells, the body struggles to conduct efficient repairs. Any efforts at repairing the damage that’s been done are severely limited by the number of specialized cells that are left. However, if adult stem cells were removed and stored prior to the onset of a serious disease, they can be reintroduced to the body to help repair most specialized forms of solid tissue.
Stem cells are divided into two categories, and this division is created between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Cord blood banking, for instance, relies on the former category. During pregnancy, embryonic stem cells help develop internal organs and systems, such as kidneys, the heart, and the immune system. However, adult stem cells are receiving unprecedented amounts of attention when it comes to regenerative medicine. Because they can survive outside the body, unlike other cells, they are easily stored outside the body in a customized facility. Adult stem cells can also adapt to other specialized cells, which means that cell restoration and replacement can occur easily. If families have a medical history of chronic and terminal diseases, the potential of adult stem cells and storage services are crucial.
Why bank stem cells?
The opportunity to harvest and bank your child’s stem cells is an important one. In the future, your child will probably undergo other tooth extractions. However, extracted wisdom teeth are healthy, meaning the adult stem cells stored inside still hold great potential. Your child’s age is also an important factor. Since they are young, their stem cells counts are higher. As your child ages, their number of stem cells will decline sharply.
Even if you already banked your child’s umbilical cord blood, adult stem cell storage is still important. Restoring damaged or destroyed blood cells involves stored cord blood stem cells. When it comes to restoring solid tissue, adult stem cells are necessary. Since mesenchymal stem cells — known as MSCs — stored in wisdom teeth have the capability to duplicate and replace specialized cells, they provide a form of future health insurance against potential crises.