Stem Cell Overview
Recently, investigators have discovered a unique type of mesenchymal stem cell in the dental pulp of deciduous (baby teeth) and permanent teeth. Scientists have observed that these stem cells act differently than other adult stem cells. These dentally-derived stem cells are capable of extensive proliferation and differentiation, which makes them an important resource of stem cells for regeneration and repair of diseased and injured organs and tissues. Given their ability to produce these stem cells may also be beneficial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and the repair of motoneurons following injury.
Stem cell-based therapies are being investigated for the treatment of many conditions including: neurodegenerative conditions, liver disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and for nerve regeneration following brain or spinal cord injury.
While we can see the promise of human stem cell therapies for the future, Dentists know that it is important to act now to harvest and store cells from deciduous teeth and third molars while the opportunities are available to child and adolescent patients. Stem cell banking offers you and your family a unique stem cell recovery and cryopreservation service, in the event of future injury or disease.
The restorative properties of stem cells:
Stem 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. There are two main types of stem cells: adult stem cells, such as those found in bone marrow and teeth, and embryonic stem cells.
Today, medical researchers are learning how to control stem cells and direct their growth into specialized cells, including: blood, skin, bone, cartilage, teeth, muscle and nerves.
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
- Muscular dystrophy
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neimann-Pick Type C
- Periodontal Disease
- Sports Injuries
- Cosmetic and Anti-aging Applications