Harvesting stem cells from impacted third molars
Stem cells within third molars
Impacted third molars (wisdom teeth) are a great and easily available source of stem cells. Stem cells are unique in that they are the only cells in our body that can regenerate. Certain types of stem cells have the ability to ‘differentiate.’ This allows stem cells to turn into a broad range of specialized tissue types. This means that stem cells can regenerate organs, tissues, bones and much more. As a result, we are witnessing stem cell therapies being developed to treat disease and trauma such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, MS, arthritis, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, joint replacement, genetic diseases and many more. The stem cells that exist in teeth are very compelling for a number of reasons: 1They are ‘plastic’ – meaning 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. 2. Virtually no chance of rejection – Reintroducing your own tissue during treatment virtually eliminates the chance of rejection and the need for immunosuppressant drugs. 3. Non-controversial – stem cells in teeth are ‘adult’ non-emryonic stem cells. 4. Easy and convenient – stem cells from teeth can be recovered and banked conveniently and affordably during routine dental procedures. More
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