Did you know your teeth are a very precious source of Stem Cells? The live part of the tooth (Dental Pulp) is rich with Mesenchymal Stem Cells which have the ability to transform into many other cell types and because of that also a very wide range of use in medicine.
Stem Cells are currently used to treat more than 100 diseases and conditions and the list keeps expanding. Diabetes, Heart Attack, Spinal Cord Injury, Bone disease, Liver Disease, Bone and Cartilage Repair and Leukaemia are just some of them.
When extracting adult teeth, that being the wisdom teeth or any other, you have the unique opportunity to preserve your own Stem Cells.
The centre of a healthy tooth is a reservoir of cells. Once the tooth has been received at our laboratory the dental pulp cells will be extracted from the centre of the tooth, processed and Cryo – preserved. Mesenchymal Stem Cells have another very important characteristic – that is we can multiply their number and than again increases the chances of usage in medicine.
Every year of research brings new applications and new hope for more usages – but already today Mesenchymal stem cells are used to repair nerves, cartilage and bones. Many clinical trials include their usage for treating diseases like Parkinson’s and Alsheimerz, to treat Autism and other conditions.
Dental Pulp Stem Cell Storage – The Process
Research & Plan
Storing your own Biological material with the intention of future Medical use is a big and important step and it is important you have all the information you need to make a decision.
Talk to a professional at The GiGi Dental and we will explain all the details about the process and answer all of your questions.
Extraction & Sending Tooth to laboratory
In this step we will plan the extraction of the Teeth and organise the transport to a processing facility in shortest possible amount of time.
The Tooth is shipped inside a special transport kit in special liquid / solution, which allows the Stem Cells inside the Tooth to stay alive in the largest possible percentage.
It is important to understand the whole process will be organised by experts at The GiGi. You will be informed of all important steps.
Processing & Cryo Storage
Upon arriving to the laboratory, scientists will extract Dental Pulp (the centre / live part of the tooth) and begin the process of expansion of Cells. During this process processing team closely monitors the sample, focusing on numbers, viability and potential presence of microbiological contamination.
The process normally takes between 2 – 3 weeks and as an end result we have a sample of healthy viable cells, in right number and with no microbiological contamination.
Such cells are stored in vials in liquid nitrogen tanks at approx. -196 degrees Celsius.
Certificate & Release of Cells
After the process is complete you will receive a Certificate with which you can always access the cells. The cells will be safely stored and will wait for you until you need them.