These days almost everyone has heard of umbilical cord blood banking, but more and more parents are discovering a new option to store their child’s stem cells from baby teeth, wisdom teeth, and teeth extracted for orthodontia for use in future regenerative treatments.
The Store-A-ToothTM dental stem cell banking service offered by Provia Labs cryopreserves mesenchymal stem cells found in the pulp of teeth that are capable of repairing solid tissues like bone, muscle, nerves, and more.
As you’re reading this researchers are studying these cells in clinical trials all over the world for use in potential future treatments including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autism, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and a growing list of injuries and diseases.
This service is a fraction of the cost of umbilical cord blood banking, with pricing starting as low as $849 with a separate annual storage fee of $120, and allows multiple opportunities for parents to take advantage of these future life-saving treatments.
Store-A-Tooth has also offered Mom Blog Society readers the opportunity to request a $250 coupon towards any Store-A-Tooth dental stem cell banking service. These coupons will only be available for a limited time, and can be requested by calling (855) 458-0916. Click here to learn more about this promotion.
Why preserve the stem cells in teeth?
Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSC’s are a highly important and heavily researched type of adult stem cell. MSC’s can form into tissues such as bone, nerve, muscle, and blood vessels. They also help repair body tissue, and play an important role in healing by suppressing inflammation. Though located in a number of places in the body, mesenchymal stem cells can be found in especially high concentrations in the healthy pulp of teeth.
Stem cells in recently extracted or exfoliating deciduous teeth, may be valuable in future medical treatments, and are a key ingredient in Regenerative Medicine. These cells are deployed to heal and replace tissue damaged by injury, disease, aging and congenital defects. Conditions like Type I Diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease, arthritis and traumatic brain injury are just some of the conditions currently being studied.
Over time, even stem cells succumb to the environmental “insults” that age all of our cells. Freezing cells in a youthful state preserves their future ability to generate replacement tissue and heal the body. The preservation of the stem cells in teeth coming out may be the last chance your family members have to preserve these cells non-invasively in a youthful state
Which teeth are eligible for banking?
All healthy teeth are good candidates for banking, including baby teeth that are coming out naturally, wisdom teeth that are surgically removed, as well as healthy teeth removed for orthodontic reasons.
However, it is best if baby teeth that are coming out naturally (‘exfoliating’) are collected as soon as your dentist recommends; for some tooth types, the process of exfoliation can result in the almost complete loss of the pulp.
How does it work?
Once you have made the decision to enroll, Store-A-Tooth will ship you a Tooth Collection Kit to submit your sample. The Tooth Collection Kit includes all the materials needed to protect and transport your sample overnight to our lab, and can store up to four teeth.
If you have a scheduled extraction, simply bring this kit with you, and Store-A-Tooth will coordinate a courier pick up from the practice location. In the event your child is losing baby teeth, the kit can be overnighted directly from your home the day your child’s tooth comes out.
Once the Tooth Collection Kit arrives at our on-site facility, we will process your sample, and issue a Certificate of Storage. Your stem cells will be maintained in a cryopreserved state at our facility until the day they are needed and issued to your healthcare provider.
Why choose Store-A-Tooth?
Store-A-Tooth is one of the only companies in the dental stem cell banking industry that processes and stores your child’s stem cells in it’s own on-site managed laboratory facility. Most stem cell banking companies are little more than marketing and sales agencies that rely on 3rd party laboratories to process and store your cells.
Store-A-Tooth receives and processes your sample directly in our Class 10,000 clean room in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because these cells will be put back into the body, these stringent regulations are of vital importance.
At the core of our Tooth Transportation Kit is the “Save-A-Tooth™” device, which is FDA approved and ADA accepted for transporting teeth for re-implantation. We also ship teeth overnight in an insulated shipper with freezer packs to maximize the quality of your cells.
Store-A-Tooth has established the industry standard for extracting and verifying the stem cells in your sample by using advanced processing methods not offered by our competitors.
Call (855) 458-0916 to request a $250 coupon towards any Store-A-Tooth dental stem cell banking service, or click here to learn more.