Stem Cells: Regenerative Therapy and Preservation
The Power of Stem Cells
Stem cells are the “blank slate” of cells. Unlike other cells in the body, they don’t have a predetermined task. Therefore, they have the unique ability to be developed into other types of cells in the body as needed. Stem cells are currently used to treat a wide variety of diseases throughout the body, from Parkinson’s to Crohn’s disease, leukemia, diabetes and more. In oral surgery, stem cells play two important roles: First as a source and second as a recipient.
Teeth: Easy Access to Potent Cells
Stem cells can be found throughout the body in most tissues. However, they are often sparse and require invasive means to access. By contrast, stem cells in teeth are abundant in healthy tooth pulp, easily accessible, and, as it turns out, they may be the strongest type in the body, replicating faster than others.
Use of Stem Cells in Oral Surgery
Because much of what we do in oral surgery involves the regeneration of tissues (think bone grafting and soft tissue grafting), stem cells are particularly useful. The use of stem cells in oral surgery helps the body to recuperate faster with less swelling and pain, and more effectively, greatly improving the outcome of treatment.
Harvesting Stem Cells
Because we don’t want to harm permanent, natural teeth, the harvesting of stem cells is only done in conjunction with a planned tooth extraction. It can be wisdom teeth, baby teeth or healthy permanent teeth that need removal for some other reason (usually orthodontics). The process is simple and doesn’t add any time or discomfort onto the procedure you are having performed. The stem cells are frozen through cryopreservation at a special storage bank, to be used by the patient at a later time.
If you have a planned extraction, give us a call at Seattle Office Phone Number 206-632-0220 ahead of time to see if you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy!