Clinical trials have opened another exciting frontier — regenerative medicine! It’s a broad field, but especially relevant to your child’s wisdom teeth extraction. Oral surgeons are able to maximize the effects of this procedure, by banking the stem cells stored in wisdom teeth. Usually, wisdom teeth extractions occur between the ages of 17 and 25. This means that your child will experience all the positives of banking their stem cells. Since wisdom teeth aren’t removed for health issues, but rather to ensure your child’s mouth has enough room for other teeth, they are a perfect option. Once the stem cells stored in these teeth are successfully stored, you can have peace of mind about your child’s health. Even if your child’s future holds potential health surprises, stem cells may help.
At The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, specialists provide certified, customized care for your child. This includes being well-trained and experienced with harvesting and banking stem cells. Providing an efficient, high-quality plan for your child is our highest priority. If you are considering scheduling an appointment, our team is available to answer any questions you have. Whether you want information about the extraction process, anesthesia, stem cell harvesting, or storage — your dental professional can provide answers.
After your child’s wisdom teeth have been safely extracted, their wisdom teeth will be shipped to a specially equipped lab. Then, their stem cells will be banked safely until your child needs them. When you enroll in the stemodontics program with The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, you must pay an initial fee for processing. Then, in order to provide safe storage, a monthly fee is required. After your questions are answered and you schedule your child’s wisdom teeth extraction, ask about banking stem cells!
Thanks to discoveries involving stem cells, people experiencing chronic diseases have a better chance at potential cures. This is because the body relies on the smooth function of highly specialized cells. When those cells are destroyed, by diseases such as cancer, it’s difficult for the body to efficiently repair itself. The amount of damage that can be repaired is limited by the number of specialized cells. However, adult stem cells — ones that were removed prior to a disease — can help repair most specialized forms of solid tissue.
There are two kinds of stem cells, based on what function the cells serve. Cord blood banking, another popular option, relies on embryonic stem cells. During pregnancy, this type of cell facilitates development in systems and internal organs, such as the heart and the immune system. However, adult stem cells are front and center when it comes to exciting medical discoveries. This is because they can survive outside the body much longer than other cells. They also adapt easily to other specialized cells, which means they have great potential for cell replacement and restoration. This means that adult cells are perfect for storage in a specialized facility. For families with a history of terminal and chronic diseases, this type of service is crucial.
Embracing the chance to bank your child’s stem cells is important. Even though your child may have other teeth removed in adulthood, wisdom teeth are best. This is because other extractions target unhealthy teeth. On the other hand, wisdom teeth are healthy storage units for stem cells, and harbor great potential in regenerative medicine. Your child’s age is also a contributing factor. Stem cell counts are higher, the younger your child is. As your child ages, their stem cell count declines.
If you already made the choice to bank your child’s umbilical cord blood, benefits still abound. Restoring blood cells requires stored cord blood stem cells. Restoring solid tissue requires adult stem cells, the type stored in wisdom teeth. When it comes to fighting back against chronic diseases, healthy stem cells are crucial. Since MSCs — mesenchymal stem cells, the type housed in wisdom teeth — can duplicate specialized cells, they provide a type of insurance. If your child ever experiences a major health event, you have peace of mind.