Imagine a world where victims of spinal cord injuries can walk, where there are no shortages of organs for those in need of an organ transplant, where diabetes is no longer treated with insulin shots but cured by implanting insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells grown from the individual’s own stem cells. Such is the promise of stem cell based regenerative medicine as envisioned by both the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services).
According to the NIH, “Regenerative Medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace organ function lost due to age, disease, damage or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves. Regenerative medicine also empowers scientists to grow tissues and organs in the laboratory and safely implant them when the body cannot heal itself.” Simply put, regenerative medicine utilizes stem cells, the body’s own natural repair and maintenance mechanisms, to address disease and trauma.
Stem cells are unique in that they are the only cells in our body that can regenerate. Certain types of stem cells have the ability to ‘differentiate.’ This allows stem cells to turn into a broad range of specialized tissue types. This means that stem cells can regenerate organs, tissues, bones and much more. As a result, we are witnessing stem cell therapies being developed to treat disease and trauma such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, MS, arthritis, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, joint replacement, genetic diseases and many more.
Recent research has discovered that stem cells are located in the pulpal and surrounding tissues of developing wisdom teeth and baby teeth. In the past, we had no alternative for the fate of these removed teeth than either the discarding of the teeth or putting them “under the pillow”. Now these removed teeth can be harvested, cultured and saved for the patient for potential future use should any of the currently identified injuries or disease states become evident later in life.
With StemSave, protecting your family’s future health by securing their stem cells today is easy and convenient. StemSave works with us to recover the teeth at the time of an extraction to assure the highest probability of stem cell viability. Simply register at www.StemSave.com and StemSave sends one of its patented transport kits to us prior to the planned procedure. At the time of the extraction, we will deposit the extracted teeth into the kit. The kit is then sealed and rushed to StemSave’s laboratories where the teeth are processed and the cells tested for viability. Upon positive viability, the cells are cryopreserved to be available for utilization in future personalized regenerative therapies.
To learn more about how you can secure your family’s future health by banking their stem cells, call our office today or click on the link below.