Can your teeth provide stem cells for you?

Posted on: March 16, 2011

Saw this on the local news last night and thought it was a very interesting concept. Doctors claim that future medical advances can possibly use stem cells from wisdom teeth, some permanent teeth or even baby teeth. It seems that your teeth have stem cells contained in the core of the teeth. Of course they have to be properly extracted. If the teeth fall out on their own they are no good because the cells have already died.

As a result, the tooth needs to be properly pulled and then put in a steel container and shipped to a company called StemSave where the stem cells are spun out and frozen. StemSave charges about $600 to collect the stem cells and then $100 per year to preserve them in a stem cell bank for your use if you need it later in life.

According to StemSave website, these stem cells show promising advances in treatment of diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, brain injuries and multiple sclerosis. However, critics say treatments are not available now, and there is no guarantee they ever will be.

Is this just another way to take your hard earned money and give it to someone for a promise of a cure in the future? Some people feel that the cost is worth it and have done this procedure with StemSave.

At least they are not using embryonic stem cells but your own body’s stem cell for future cures.


2 Responses to "Can your teeth provide stem cells for you?"

I saw the same piece and thought it was such a great idea that I jumped online to find out more. I found a couple of other companies out there other than stemsave (store-a-tooth, bioeden, ndpl in the usa) They all offer the same kind of thing although the hokey sounding Store-a-tooth does seem to use an FDA approved device which the others don’t. I’d like to hear other people’s opinions before I decide which one to go with…

Good luck in your search for a reputable company. Remember to get a lot of referrals, I would hate if this was a scam and not viable.

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