OKLAHOMA CITY — Local oral surgeons are now offering a new, innovative way for patients to preserve their stem cells through their wisdom teeth.
Dr. Robert Bryan and Dr. Jeremy Goodson of Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, near Meridian and Memorial, are offering patients the opportunity to bank their dental stem cells through a company called Stemodontics.
"We can actually obtain stem cells from wisdom teeth that we would routinely extract," Bryan said. "Those stem cells can be isolated and banked to treat future diseases that may come up."
Thanks to groundbreaking research, Stemodontics was born. According to doctors, research is proving dental stem cells could one day be used as regenerative medicine to treat diseases like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's.
"It's something that's been in the research for a long time - and only recently, though, have companies emerged that have created the actual opportunity for patients to bank their own stem cells," Goodson said.
Doctors said dental stem cells are best preserved at a young age and, since wisdom teeth extraction is most common between the ages of 17-25, that's the perfect time.
"This is something that we would talk about ahead of time, prior to the removal of the wisdom teeth and, if the patient and the family decides they want to proceed, they can just let us know that," Bryan said.
According to doctors, dental stem cells are proving their worth alongside other stem cell sources like umbilical cord blood banking. For those who may have missed the opportunity to bank cord blood at the time of birth, they now have a second chance.
“The momentum in stem cell research is offering numerous medical discoveries in the healthcare industry,” Bryan said. “Stem cell therapy is a promising opportunity for families wishing to safeguard the health of their children. Banking dental stem cells could be the best decision a family can make to defend against future health complications.”
There is an added cost - but doctors said, if you can afford it, it's a no-brainer.
"We see it as a real win, win for the patient. They're undergoing a procedure that they already need to have, and here's an opportunity to get stem cells that may have the opportunity to help you later in life," Goodson said.
You can find more information about Stemodontics at Stemodontics.com.
For information about Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, click here.