The stem cell has been a popular player in medical treatment or mobile dentistry and therapies in the past few years. This is due to the fact that stem cell represents an exciting area in medicine because of their potential to regenerate and repair damaged tissue. Some current therapies, such as bone marrow transplant, already make use of stem cell and their potential for regeneration.
Recently, stem cells have been readily available and used in the field of comprehensive dental care. Tooth stem cells are also called dental stem cells. These are cells collected from the teeth and supporting oral structures. What makes these cells helpful is that tooth stem cells are multipotent. Thus, they can become a variety of cell types that could be used for therapeutic applications and dental care.
The benefits and uses of tooth stem cells are still under rigorous investigation and research. Thus, in the meantime, dental stem cells treatment is not available in all dental clinics. In the United States, there are several dental clinics offering dental stem cells treatment and the price may vary.
Basically, the cost of tooth stem cell storage has two parts, the Processing Fee and the Storage Fee. The Processing Fee is a one-time fee. On the other hand, the Storage Fee is a recurring fee depending on the plan or contract.
In the Processing Fee, it covers the steps that the dental stem cell bank must take to prepare the valuable cells within a tooth for long-term storage. On the other hand, the Storage Fee covers the cost of preserving the tooth stem cells in frozen (cryogenic) conditions with proper backup systems and data protection. This is important to make sure that the dental stem cells are properly preserved and ready for dental treatment.
One of the dental companies offering dental stem cells is the BioEden. The Processing Fee is $1,250 and the annual Storage Cost is $120 per year or $17.95 per month.
BioEden also offers the option for a family to pay a lump sum fee to cover “One Off Processing and 21 Years of Storage” for $2930. Over a 21 year period, this option offers over $840 in savings as compared to paying annually at $120/year.
In other words, the processing and storage fee varies depending on the terms and conditions you chose.
Types of Tooth Stem Cells
Just like what was mentioned, dental stem cells is still under research. But, there are results, providing five different types of tooth stem cells that have been discovered.
- Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs)
- Dental follicle progenitor cells (DFPCs)
- Stem cells from apical papilla (SCAP)
- Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs)
- Stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED)
There is more to discover in dental tooth stem cells. While we’re still waiting for more innovations in the world of dental tooth stem cells therapy, make sure to keep your teeth clean and white and observe proper oral hygiene to keep your dental pulp healthy.