What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the “master cells” of the body that have the potential to become any cell type and provide a long-lived, stable culture, making them a potentially valuable medical resource for scientists wanting to generate specific tissues or organ— from skin to heart or kidney.
Clinical research into all types of stem cell holds promise both for a better understanding of human development and for curing disease. Transplants of blood-forming stem cells have been used successfully in cancer treatments and there are already critical discoveries that support the potential use of stem cells as a personalized regenerative therapy for life threatening diseases like diabetes, neurological disorder, and many more.
What are Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSCs)?
Teeth are now being seen as precious since they are also a source of stem cells (found in dental pulp of milk teeth). These stem cells can also be found in the permanent teeth of teenagers and young adults. They can be extracted during any orthodontic procedure.
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) exhibit ‘Mesenchymal Stem Cell’ (MSC’s) like qualities found in bone marrow, capable to be induced in vitro to differentiate into osteoblasts (bone cell), chondrocytes (cartilage cell), adipocytes (fat cell), astrocytes (cells of the brain and spinal cord). These cells have high growth potential and proliferation rates than stem cells from other tissue sources.
The stem cells which are obtained from Dental Pulp exhibits ‘Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ which may be used to treat tissue and organ related diseases such as Diabetes, Heart-Liver-Kidney diseases, Arthritis, conditions such as bone pathologies, spinal cord injuries etc.
Why Dental Stem Cell Preservation?
Dental pulp stem cell preservation scores high not only in terms of therapeutic advantages, but also in terms of practical aspects of preservation.
Dental pulp stem cell preservation has the following unique advantages:
- The duration for preserving healthy dental stem cells is long, since it can be done for children in the age group of 5-12 years and also for adults under the age of 30.
- The collection of stem cells from the pulp of the tooth is easy, quick, highly efficient, with no ethical complications, as it involves a simple process of extraction of the tooth.
- Dental stem cells are non-controversial adult stem cells, unlike embryonic stem cells, the source of which involves ethical issues.
- Dental stem cells have demonstrated interactivity with biomaterials, making them ideal for tissue reconstruction.
- Dental stem cells are expandable and they can be multiplied under controlled conditions
What age group is ideal for dental stem cell preservation?
Dental Stem Cell preservation is an innovative technology which involves storage of stem cells obtained from the teeth of an individual for potential future use. These dental pulp stem cells are found in baby teeth as well as permanent teeth.
The ideal target audience are children who are in the age group of 5-12 years. The stem cells can also be found in the premolars of teenagers that may be extracted while putting braces.
Apart from milk teeth and premolars, the wisdom tooth is a rich source of stem cells which is usually extracted. With Stemade’s offering of dental stem cell preservation, stem cells can now be preserved beyond newly born!! Young children, adolescents and adults can preserve their valuable stem cells.
Stemade has pioneered the path-breaking concept of Dental Stem Cell preservation in India by licensing this technology for the Asian and Middle Eastern Markets. Stemade is proud to be India’s first private dental stem cell preservation bank.
Stemade has set-up a state of art facility at Chennai in the premises of LifeCell International and has transferred the technology from Institut Clinident Biopharma from France.
Having successfully undertaken the challenge of launching this path-breaking technology in India at almost the same time as the developed countries, Stemade has today built a robust foundation and is already present in over 20 cities within India.
Stemade’s vision is to reach out to as many families nation-wide and guide them in securing healthy future generations.
What is the procedure for preserving dental stem cells?
The process is very simple. Once you take the decision to preserve your/ your child’s dental stem cells, you simply have to follow 3 easy steps:
- Stage 1: Enrolment with Stemade
- You can enrol your child by simply filling up a form/signing a contract copy
- Stage 2 – Tooth collection
- After you enrol, the dentist collects the appropriate tooth at a Stemade Smile Clinic or at a clinic of your choice. Stemade will provide the dental clinic with the required tooth collection kit containing the necessary components, which will ensure the tooth is stored safely, at a particular temperature, until it reaches the lab where processing begins at the earliest.
- Stage 3 – Receipt of sample certificate
- After processing, the stem cells are cryopreserved, at the state-of-the-art laboratory
- in Chennai. A ‘certificate of preservation’ will be sent to you, which you must keep
- safely for future records.
What kind of research work is going on in this field and what are the emerging positive signs? Medicine till now has been all about replacements. But research in stem cell field have given rise to whole new field of “Regenerative Medicine” which has brought about a change the in the conventional treatment of life-threatening diseases from replacement to regeneration. There have been a lot of novel breakthroughs in the past few years. It seems that things are moving relatively rapidly to true translation and clinical practice. When you think about it, it usually takes 10 to 15 years to bring a drug to market. Well, the entire field of stem cells is 14 or 15 years old. And yet, in those 15 years there are already clinical trials in place to treat a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, spinal cord injury, and heart disease. Of course, all of these are still small. But what they say is that the principle works—and because the principle works, then bigger things can be tackled.
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Who can Bank
- Children : http://www.stemade.com/for-families/children-milk-tooth-stem-cells
- Adults : http://www.stemade.com/for-families/adult-wisdom-tooth-stem-cells
Preservation Process : http://www.stemade.com/for-families/stemade-banking-process