Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dental Stem Cells From Extracted Teeth Show Future Promise?

StemSave partners with Dentists to make their patients aware that they have the opportunity to preserve their stem cells when undergoing extraction of healthy teeth.

The American Dental Association has a piece exploring dental stem cells.

Pamela Robey, Ph.D., chief, Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, says that because no one knows for certain what the full possibilities are for the cells isolated from dental pulp, nor can they accurately predict if or when they'll be used in clinical settings, patients and professionals need to make informed decisions.

"What we do know," she said, "is the cells from dental pulp in baby or wisdom teeth have the ability to make dentin and pulp and they might have the ability to make bone but right now that's all we really know for sure."

Because "the data for other things is not hard yet, we can't say how useful for the future they'll be," she said.

Read the entire piece.

Although there is the promise of these dental stems cells, there are no human trials taking place with these post natal cells and no clinical applications available.

You can read more here: National Institutes of Health's Stem Cell Information page

Stay tuned for exciting new developments.

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