First: What are Dental Stem Cells
Second: What benefits are derived from
Dental Stem Cells
Third: How are Dental Stem Cells harvested
Fourth: When will this new technology be
I have worked in dental field since 1973
Many articles recently in dental journals
regarding the discovery and uses of Dental
Stem cells from placenta in the news; very
Women having babies to use the placenta for
stem cell harvesting.
Dental Stem Cells are preserved for future use
to treat diseases
Less ethical and controversial considerations
than stem cells harvested from the placenta
Ease of harvesting stem cells from teeth
Deters women from having a baby just to use
the placenta/embryonic cells to harvest stem
The way of the future
Dental stem cells were discovered in dental
pulp in the year 2000.
Stem cells are immature, unspecialized cells.
Stem Cells are able to differentiate into
specialized cell types.
Using one’s own cells reduces the chances of
infection or rejection of donor cells.
Banking dental stem cells offer the patient an
alternative to the more invasive and ethically
controversial sources of banking stem cells.
Ease of access; dental stem cells are the most
accessible stem cells.
Used to treat:
Regenerative Therapy (spinal or brain injury)
Many more uses are being discovered with
Dental stem cells are harvested from pulp
tissue of a newly extracted tooth.
Stem cells within the pulp at the apex (end of
the root) of developing teeth are a valuable
source of very proliferative stem cells.
Research shows that cells can be preserved
Stored cells have the ability to differentiate
Dental professionals can now assist their
patient with recovering and banking their
dental stem cells.
Several companies currently offer collection
and cryopreservation services through dental
Kits are currently available to collect and
transport harvested tissue samples from the
Dental Stem Cells are unspecified cells; cells
that designated to regenerate growth of
Dental Stem Cells are stored for future use to
treat diseases or tissue regeneration.
Dental Stem Cells are harvested from a newly
Ease of storage in kits provided at the dental
clinic; technology is now available.
Spolarich, A. E., 2009. The cell revolution.
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 7(1):30-33.
Spolarich, A. E., 2009. The regenerative
process. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 7
Giannobile, W., 2007. A paradigm shift.
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 5 (4): 14-15.