Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC is a provider of StemSave™, a technology that gives families the opportunity to collect and preserve the valuable stem cells that are contained within baby teeth, wisdom teeth, and permanent teeth.
These stem cells can then be used to treat future diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Learn more about StemSave below, or schedule an appointment online to consult with a board-certified pediatric dentist.
What is StemSave?
StemSave is a technology that involves the removal and cryopreservation of stem cells found in the pulp of healthy teeth. Parents may choose to use StemSave in conjunction with planned pediatric tooth extractions, including wisdom tooth removal. Preserving and storing dental stem cells gives you and your family the option to choose the most advanced medical treatments available in the years ahead, when you may need them most.
How does StemSave work?
StemSave allows you to store a child’s dental stem cells in just a few simple steps. If your child has a baby tooth that comes loose, or your pediatric dentist recommends that your child has his or her wisdom teeth removed, you are provided with an opportunity to secure stem cells through StemSave. You will first need to enroll in StemSave through the company’s website. Once complete, StemSave will send a notification of your enrollment along with a personalized recovery and transport kit delivered directly to Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Next, you will schedule the procedure with our office.
On the day of your child’s planned dental procedure, our pediatric dentists will recover the tooth or teeth, placing them in the specialized transport container, which protects the stem cells while in transit to the StemSave laboratory.
StemSave’s laboratory removes the cells from inside the teeth and assesses whether the cells are viable prior to cryopreservation. Cells that are not viable will not be stored. Once stem cells are cryogenically preserved, patients will receive a notification from StemSave. Stem cells will be securely stored and monitored until needed.
What are the benefits of StemSave?
StemSave offers numerous benefits, including:
- Convenient to enroll
- Simple and hassle-free process from start to finish
- Provides “biological insurance” to treat future diseases or injuries your child may experience
- Provides opportunity to benefit from emerging stem cell-based medical treatments
The benefits provided by stem cell banking through StemSave are especially valuable in pediatric patients since younger stem cells have even greater regenerative qualities. Younger stem cells grow faster and for longer periods of time and have less potential for mutations. As a result, these stem cells will be more effective when needed for future regenerative therapies.
What are some applications of stem cell cryopreservation through StemSave?
Today, scientists are directing stem cells so they can grow into almost any type of human cell, including heart, brain, cartilage, liver and insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Stem cells can also be used to heal and restore skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, nerves and other tissues when injured.
Some examples of diseases which stem cells are currently being used to develop cutting-edge medical treatments for include:
- Heart disease
- Brain injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis