What are stem cells?
Stem cells occur naturally in your body, and they can develop into many different types of cells to promote your growth and overall health. Your stem cells have special regenerative properties, and new medical treatments are constantly being developed to utilize these valuable healing abilities. Stem cells are a valuable resource that has the potential to help your body heal a variety of conditions using your own natural tissues and cells.
What is dental stem cell banking?
At Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer stem cell banking services through our partnership with Stemodontics®. Teeth (along with fat tissue and other sources) are rich sources of adult stem cells. When baby teeth, adult teeth, and wisdom teeth need to be extracted, often the teeth are discarded as medical waste. Stem cell banking saves these stem cells from your own body in case they are ever needed for future treatment. Stem cell banking services are often referred to as biological insurance policies or added protection in case you or your family are ever in need of a stem cell treatment. New treatments are being developed every day to treat a variety of illnesses using stem cells, including heart injuries, spinal injuries, autoimmune diseases, and more.
Why bank stem cells now?
Hopefully, you will never need a stem cell treatment to cure a future condition or disease, but it’s always good to be prepared. Below are just a few of the benefits of stem cell banking:
- Banking your own stem cells virtually eliminates the risk of your body rejecting a treatment from a donor’s cells.
- Stem cells have the potential to repair a variety of conditions, including heart disease or heart injuries, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, burns and tissue damage, and more. Every year, scientists discover more uses for these valuable cells.
- Banking your stem cells requires no extra effort on your part—the cells are taken from the extracted teeth, and your procedure will not be changed or affected by the decision to bank your dental stem cells.
If you are interested in saving dental stem cells for yourself or your child, contact one of our offices to learn more about stem cell banking options at Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, or visit the Stemodontics® website.