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Stem Cell Collection and Banking

Stem Cell Collection and Banking

Minimally invasive stem cell collection

The collection and storage of stem cells can be an important investment in your future health. Stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 debilitating diseases and have been used in more than 30,000 transplants.

Stem Cell Collection and BankingWe have partnered with Vault to provide an easy solution for the collection of stem cells that are found in our teeth.

Collecting stem cells from teeth is minimally invasive. Ideally we collect the stem cells from deciduous teeth (baby teeth) before the tooth becomes loose. We also collect the stem cells from bicuspid teeth that are commonly removed before orthodontic treatment and we collect the stem cells after the extraction of wisdom teeth.

Once we have the tooth or teeth, we process and specially package the teeth for an overnight shipment to the Vault collection facility. The stem cells are removed from the dental pulp, cultured and a viable cell line is confirmed and a report is sent to you with details about the cell line that the Vault is banking for you using Cryopreservation.

More about stem cells

Cells in our bodies normally replicate into cells of the same type. Skin cells make skin, muscle cells make muscle, and blood cells make blood. However there are special types of cells, found in various parts of our bodies, called stem cells.

Stem cells are immature, unspecialized cells called Mesenchymal cells, found in our bodies, which can differentiate themselves into a variety of other cell types, including:

  • Myocytes: to repair muscle
  • Cardio Myocytes: to repair damaged cardiac tissue
  • Neurons: to generate nerve and brain tissue
  • Osteocytes: to generate bone
  • Chondrocytes: to generate cartilage

There are two primary sources of stem cells:

1. Embryonic – Embryonic stem cells have the ability to grow into any cell type in the body. However, there is great ethical controversy regarding obtaining and using these stem cells for medical research and treatment purposes.

2. Adult Stem Cells – Which are found in many organs and tissue in the body including the dental pulp contained within teeth.

It was once thought that adult stem cells could only turn into the same kind of cells as the tissue or organ in which the cells were found. Today we know that is not true, and we know that adult stem cells taken from one area of the body can be transplanted to another area of the body and grow into a completely different type of tissue.

This ability to grow and regenerate tissue is the focus of the emerging field of personalized medicine which uses a patient’s own stem cells for biologically compatible therapies and individually tailored treatments.

What are the differences between Cord Blood & Tissue Stem Cells?

Stem cells from Cord Blood are hematopoietic, meaning they are blood-forming and are used in treatments with fairly rare blood-related conditions, primarily leukemia and certain cancers. Stem cells from teeth and fat are mesenchymal, meaning they are tissue-forming. These are being researched and used for a wide-range of regenerative medicine for age, disease, and injury reversal (mostly related to connective tissue and organs).

Some of the most successful uses of stem cells today involve bone marrow cells and mesenchymal stem cells that have been used therapeutically to renew marrow and blood cells in patients who have cancer, need a transplant to replace tumor cells, or after high dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The cells are also used to repair some bone or cartilage lesions during surgery, and have recently been used to repair heart muscle defects.

Biologic Insurance

  • By banking these cells now, people may have more options for their future healthcare. It’s like an insurance policy, added protection in case we or our family ever need whatever medical breakthroughs are around the corner.
  • Stem cells from teeth and adipose (fat) tissue can now be stored for decades, allowing each of us to prepare now for whatever the future may bring.
  • Assurance that the safety, non-rejection, and life-saving potential of OUR OWN stem cells are properly secured, if they are ever needed.

The best time for collecting and banking our own stem cells is when we are at our healthiest, usually in our 20’s to 40’s, before we encounter unexpected or hereditary diseases. Invest in your future. Ask Drs. Lori or John Babineau more about our stem cell collection and banking service.

Quick facts

  • Stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 debilitating diseases and have been used in more than 30,000 transplants.
  • By banking these cells now, people may have more options for their future healthcare. It’s like an insurance policy, added protection in case we or our family ever need whatever medical breakthroughs are around the corner.
  • Stem cells from teeth and adipose (fat) tissue can now be stored for decades, allowing each of us to prepare now for whatever the future may bring.
  • Assurance that the safety, non-rejection, and life-saving potential of OUR OWN stem cells are properly secured, if they
    are ever needed.
  • The best time for collecting and banking our own stem cells is when we are at our healthiest, usually in our 20’s to 40’s, before we encounter unexpected
    or hereditary diseases.

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