Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered a rich source of adult stem cells in teeth – the stem cells that naturally repair your body. Scientists are directing stem cells so they grow into almost any type of human cell, including heart, brain, nerve, cartilage, bone, liver and insulin producing pancreatic beta cells.
The tooth is nature’s ‘safe’ for your family’s unique stem cells While stem cells can be found in most tissues of the body, they are usually buried deep, are few in number and are similar in appearance to surrounding cells. With the discovery of stem cells in teeth, an accessible and available source of stem cells has been identified. The tooth is nature’s “safe” for these valuable stem cells, and there is an abundance of these cells in baby teeth, wisdom teeth and permanent teeth – Tooth Eligibility Criteria. The stem cells contained within teeth are capable of replicating themselves and can be readily recovered at the time of a planned dental procedure. Living stem cells found within extracted teeth were routinely discarded every day, but now, with the knowledge from recent medical research, StemSave gives you the opportunity to save these cells for future use in developing medical treatments for your family.
Aside from being the most convenient stem cells to access, dental stem cells have significant medical benefits in the development of new medical therapies. Using one’s own stem cells for medical treatment means a much lower risk of rejection by the body and decreases the need for powerful drugs that weaken the immune system, both of which are negative but typical realities that come into play when tissues or cells from a donor are used to treat patients.
Further, the stem cells from teeth have been observed in research studies to be among the most powerful stem cells in the human body. Stem cells from teeth replicate at a faster rate and for a longer period of time than do stem cells harvested from other tissues of the body.
Stem cells in the human body age over time and their regenerative abilities slow down later in life. The earlier in life that your family’s stem cells are secured, the more valuable they will be when they are needed most.
StemSave is a collaboration of Dentists and stem cell researchers who want to give families a convenient and reliable way to benefit from emerging new healthcare treatments. By enrolling in our program, you and your Dentist can preserve your family’s vital stem cells in the event of future disease or injury. Like “biological insurance,” storing Dental Stem Cells gives you and your family the option to choose the most advanced medical treatments available in the years ahead, when you may need them most.
Best of all, StemSave makes this option simple and affordable in two easy steps. When your child’s baby tooth becomes loose, or when a dental professional recommends that you or a family member has a tooth or wisdom teeth removed, this is your opportunity to secure stem cells through StemSave. All you have to do is follow the 2 Easy Steps:
STEP 1: Enroll in StemSave. Your personalized StemSave recovery and transport kit, along with an email notification, will be sent directly to your Dentist. If your Dentist is not already enrolled as StemSave Dental Professional, we will contact him or her directly to introduce ourselves and navigate them through our easy Dental Professional enrollment page. Contact us to see if your Dentist is a StemSave provider.
STEP 2: Make an appointment with your Dentist for the planned procedure and the convenient recovery of your stem cells. Securing your stem cells is easy – How your dentist does it:
1. The loose baby tooth, extracted permanent tooth or wisdom teeth are recovered by your dentist at the time of the planned dental procedure.
2. StemSave’s patented recovery and transport system protects and nourishes the stem cells while the tooth is rushed to our laboratory.
3. StemSave’s laboratory removes the cells from inside the teeth and assesses whether the cells are viable prior to cryopreservation. Cells that are not viable will not be stored.
4. The cells are cryogenically-preserved using state-of-the-art technology and securely stored and monitored until needed.
For more information on this process, click here to go StemSave FAQs.
Verifying storage and keeping your family’s records:
Our lab will notify you and your Dentist when the stem cells are securely stored, and provide you with contact information that you should keep with your family’s medical records for future use.