Stem Cell Recovery
Imagine a world where victims of spinal cord injuries can walk, where there are no shortages of organs for transplant, where diabetes is no longer treated with insulin shots but cured by implanting insulin-producing pancreatic beta 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 HHS, virtually any disease that results from malfunctioning, damaged or failing tissues can be potentially cured through regenerative medicine therapies. Having these tissues available to treat sick patients creates the concept of tissues for life. Examples of diseases regenerative medicine can cure include:
- Heart disease
- Renal failure
- Spinal cord injuries.
Why stem cells?
Stem cells are unique because they drive the natural healing process throughout your body. For instance, stem cells are different from other cells in the body because they regenerate and produce specialized cell types. They heal and restore skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, nerves and other tissues when injured. There are two main types of stem cells: adult stem cells, such as those found in bone marrow and teeth (see Stem Cells in Teeth),and embryonic stem cells (see Other Stem Cells).
Using teeth for stem cell recovery
Did you know that there are powerful stem cells in your teeth? The stem cells that exist in teeth are compelling for a number of reasons:
They are “plastic”
This means they can differentiate into other types of tissue such as muscle, neurons, bone, organs, insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells, skin and cartilage to name a few. This means they could potentially be used to treat a wide range of disease and injury.
There is virtually no chance of rejection
Saving your own stem cells from your teeth, otherwise known as your own autologous tissue, means that once they are reintroduced into the body during a treatment, they will not be rejected as foreign tissue as the body recognizes them as their own. Reintroducing your own tissue during treatment virtually eliminates the chance of rejection and the need for immunosuppressant drugs.
Stem cells in teeth are “adult’ stem cells;” they are non-embryonic stem cells and therefore do not have any of the moral and ethical controversies associated with embryonic stem cells.
Easy and convenient
Stem cells from teeth can be recovered and banked conveniently and affordably during routine dental procedures.
Enroll with StemSave™
With StemSave™, protecting your family’s future health by securing their stem cells today is easy and convenient. StemSave works with Smile Institute to recover the teeth at the time of an extraction to assure the highest probability of stem cell viability. Register at StemSave.com or contact us to learn more about banking your stem cells.