Cryopreservation is well known for the harvesting of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Did you know it can also be used to preserve teeth? If that sounds a little off-putting, consider that baby teeth contain stem cells that could be used to treat autoimmune diseases, heart attack, eye injuries and neurological disorders.
More Opportunities For Collection With cord blood, there is only one time you can harvest it, and only a finite amount. With the right preparation, lost primary teeth can be banked. There are twenty baby teeth, each of which contain stem cells that can be harvested and grown for treatment. The third molars are another option for stem cell preservation. Since many people have their wisdom teeth extracted they can be cared for immediately by dental professionals before being shipped to the cryopreservation facility.
Why Do We Need To Freeze These Teeth? Teeth have a different type of stem cell than umbilical cords or bone marrow, and the medical technology to use them is still growing and evolving. However, think about the things that stem cells could help treat: type 1 diabetes, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, corneal tears. And since the science is still developing, the potential is there for so much more. Even if your child is currently well and healthy, there may come a point when he or she needs those stem cells to treat a disease.
What Do I Do About the Tooth Fairy? If you want to preserve your child’s baby teeth, but don’t want to lose the magic of the tooth fairy, the cryopreservation company will provide a certificate from the tooth fairy. She always accepts the certificate in lieu of the teeth! Ask about deciduous tooth cryopreservation at your next appointment with a SEDA dentist. We’ll be happy to give you the low-down and answer all your questions!