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Our goal at Blum Oral Facial Surgery Associates is to provide you with the best treatment and most advanced services available in oral surgery today. That is why we have partnered with StemSave to offer this cutting-edge service to you.

The treatment possibilities with stem cells are significant, and more applications for these are currently being researched. Best of all, your Stem Cells can be saved during a routine extraction in our office, with no additional preparation or additional time. All you have to do is set up the procedure with StemSave through our office.

Below you will find more information about Stem  Cells, their potetial use and their harvesting through our office. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our office at (305) 538-4556 or visit StemSave at the link below.

 

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Blum Oral-Facial Surgery Associates Partners with Market Leader StemSave to Offer South Florida Patients the Chance to Bank Valuable Stem Cells for use in Future Regenerative Medical Therapies

National Institutes of Health’s recent discovery that powerful stem cells exist in teeth give South Floridians’s an easy way to protect their future health and participate in cutting edge regenerative medicine

Miami Beach/September 20th, 2009: Blum Oral-Facial Surgery Associates has teamed up with StemSave™, Inc., the market leader in the field of stem cell recovery and cryo-preservation, to enable patients to recover and save very powerful stem cells found in teeth. The recent discovery that stem cells exist in teeth has the potential to transform dentistry and the future of medical treatments. Stem cells are the basis for the emerging field of Regenerative Medicine. Today, hospitals are utilizing stem cells to treat leukemia and heart failure and are transplanting organs grown from a patient’s own stem cells. There are more than 78 clinical trials involving stem cell treatments underway and the US Military is developing stem cell therapies to treat soldiers wounded in action. The current research being conducted suggests that stem cell therapies will be able to treat many of today’s most difficult diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, cancer and many more.

“As an oral surgeon it is truly remarkable that I can offer my patients a potential life-saving procedure by simply preserving teeth that would otherwise be discarded,” said Dr. Jeffrey Blum.

StemSave’s patented technology turns routine trips to the oral surgeon into potentially live-saving experiences. In particular, children and young adults should consider banking their stem cells while undergoing procedures such as the extraction of wisdom teeth or baby teeth. These planned dental procedures provide an ideal time to preserve one’s stem cells.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Blum, to make harvesting stem cells from teeth easy and affordable, this way everyone can benefit from the powerful medical applications of stem cells,” said Dr. Gregory Chotkowski, Oral Surgeon and president of StemSave.

StemSave is a collaborative effort between stem cell researchers and the dental community to provide families, and individuals an affordable, non-invasive methodology for the recovery and cryopreservation of the powerful and valuable adult stem cells residing within baby teeth, wisdom teeth, permanent teeth for future use in personalized medicine and regenerative medical therapies.


Stem Cell Recovery

stem cellsStem cells are unique because they drive the natural healing process throughout your life. 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.As a result, amazing new medical treatments are being developed to treat a range of diseases contemporary medicine currently deems difficult or impossible to treat. Among them are:

 

  • Parkinson's Disease                                           
  • Brain Injuries
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Leukemia
  • Crohn's disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Sports Injuries
  • Cosmetic and Anti-aging Applications

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. 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, your Doctor provides 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.

Stem cell Recovery and Cryopreservation from teeth also has many advantages:

  • Accessible – The stem cells contained within teeth are recovered at the time of a planned procedure: Extraction of wisdom teeth, baby teeth or other healthy permanent teeth.
  • Affordable - when compared with other methods of acquiring and preserving life saving stem cells: Peripheral blood, Bone Marrow, Cord blood etc, recovering Stem Cells from teeth is the most affordable and least invasive.
  • Convenience – the recovery of stem cells from teeth can be performed in the doctor’s office anytime when a healthy tooth is being extracted.
  • Ease of Use – The recovery of stem cells from teeth does not add any additional time on to a planned procedure. Your doctor does not require any additional equipment or training.

Frequently asked questions about Stem Cell Recovery and Cryopreservation from teeth

  1. Why should someone recover and cryopreserve their own stem cells from teeth? Healthy dental pulp contains stem cells that are among the most powerful stem cells in the body and replicate at a faster rate and for a longer period of time than other types of stem cells. Stem cells from teeth show great promise for future regenerative medical treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, diabetes, bone diseases and brain and nerve injuries.
  2. Which teeth are candidates for stem cell recovery and cryopreservation? Any extracted tooth with a healthy pulp contains stem cells. Wisdom teeth, baby teeth and other permanent teeth i.e. healthy teeth that are fractured and teeth recommended for extraction for orthodontic purposes are all candidates for stem cell recovery and cryopreservation.
  3. At what age am I no longer eligible to recover and preserve stem cells from teeth? Age does not seem to play a major factor. All extracted healthy teeth contain stem cells. The younger you are then the younger the cells and these may be more beneficial in future regenerative therapies.
  4. Is one tooth enough or should I try to bank as many teeth as I can as the opportunities arise. I banked deciduous teeth, should I bank third molars? Diseases of different severity or tissue defects of different size will undoubtedly require different amounts of stem cells to heal. Conceptually, the more teeth are banked, the greater the potential for sufficient stem cells to treat various diseases.

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