Extracted Teeth & Stem Cells
At San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates (SAOMSA), we do our utmost to stay at the forefront of the dental field, especially when it means our patients have a better experience in our office and stay happier and healthier. Recently, we’ve partnered with the Stemodontics program. We are currently the premier practice chosen by Stemodontics to be part of their pilot program to harvest and preserve stem cells from teeth. If you would like to learn more about Stemodontics and how your dental stem cells could save your life, keep reading or call SAOMSA today. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to talk with you about any of our services or schedule an appointment in our office.
What is Stemodontics?
Stemodontics is a ground breaking organization that is taking advantage of the opportunity to be on the leading edge of scientific advancement. Currently, researchers are devoting large amounts of time to studying the function of stem cells. As the potential uses of stem cells in treating health issues are discovered, it becomes more and more important for patients to have stem cells available in case they need to receive life saving procedures in the future. The simplest place to harvest these stem cells is from healthy adult teeth. That’s why Stemodontics has started to partner with trusted oral surgeons to preserve dental stem cells for patients following tooth extractions.
How Can You Use Your Stem Cells?
The hope of stem cell researchers is that healthy stem cells will be used in treatments for patients with numerous chronic and systemic illnesses including:
- Creating replacement organs and tissues
- Repairing cells and cartilage following injuries
- Treating neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease
Preventing future oral health concerns
How do We Harvest Stem Cells?
Stem cells can be harvested from bone marrows and cord blood, but these extraction methods can be uncomfortable. The invasive procedures are time consuming and physically stressful for patients. It’s much simpler to remove stem cells from the inside of the tooth. The very inner tooth layer called pulp, contains healthy stem cells. We can easily remove stem cells from an extracted tooth and preserve these cells for future use.
Should My Kids Harvest Stem Cells?
One of the easiest ways to maximize the healing ability of stem cells is to preserve your teen’s extracted wisdom teeth. These teeth have a complete set of stem cells that can be easily harvested and stored following wisdom tooth extraction. These are the most frequently extracted teeth, and rather than simply discarding your teen’s third molars, you may want to consider taking part in the Stemodontics program. It’s easy to take advantage of this program as a patient of SAOMSA, so please don’t hesitate to ask one of our skilled oral surgeons about banking your teen’s stem cells from wisdom teeth for potential future use.