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Stem cells are unspecialized master cells of the body that have the ability to replicate and transform into a range of different tissue and organ-specific cell types. Stem cells, because of these abilities, can act as a repair system for the body.

There are two types of stem cells
  1. Mesenchymal Stem cells – Tissue related cells.
  2. Hematopoietic Stem cells – Blood-related cells.

A: Following are various sources of stem cells:

  • Teeth
  • Umbilical cord blood
  • Bone marrow
  • Adipose tissue

A: Mesenchymal stem cells from the dental pulp carry the potential to differentiate into 221 different other cell types including:

  • Myocardiocytes: Repair damaged cardiac tissue following a heart attack
  • Neuronal cells: Regenerate nerve and brain tissue
  • Myocytes: Repair muscle
  • Osteocytes: Regenerate bone
  • Chondrocytes: Regenerate cartilage
  • Pancreatic cells: For the treatment of diabetes
  • Bone and tissue from the oral cavity

A: Dental pulp stem cells score high in terms of therapeutic advantages and differ from other stem cells in many ways like:

  • Dental pulp stem cells can convert into nerve cells, muscle cells, insulin-producing cells, etc. thanks to their multipotency
  • Dental pulp stem cells have demonstrated compatibility with biomaterials, making them ideal for tissue reconstruction
  • Dental pulp stem cells are capable of multiplying and they can be expanded under controlled conditions
  • Dental pulp stem cells are numerous and non-invasive in nature to collect. Unlike collecting bone marrow stem cells which require invasive surgery and cord blood stem cells which are available only at birth; dental pulp stem cells can be collected from milk teeth, orthodontically extracted Premolar and wisdom teeth which would otherwise be discarded
  • Tooth derived dental pulp stem cells are absolutely from an ethical source, unlike embryonic stem cells, the source of which involves ethical issues

A: The very first step is to do the enrollment with Mothercell to initiate the process of Dental stem cell banking. For more information contact us

A: The earlier the better, because the quantity and quality of stem cells decline with age. However, for children, it would be ideal if they are between 5–12 years of age. Adults who are under 30 years of age can bank their teeth if they are being extracted for orthodontic purposes.

A: We offer an “Early Bird” package option for parents with children below the age of 5. You can register with us in advance and avail of exciting benefits. For more information contact one of our experts by requesting a call back.

A: In general 1 or 2 healthy milk teeth will be considered for dental stem cell banking depending upon the age and the root lengths of the teeth that are ready for natural exfoliation (determined from full mouth X-ray dental OPG) by our panel of specialists.

A: The first falling teeth are considered as the ideal teeth as they fall at the youngest age. In the case where the first teeth are already lost the next available teeth that is ready to fall are the best teeth. Our team members would be able to explain this in detail to you.

A: Ideally No. Such a tooth is not suitable for preservation purposes, as the quantity of the pulp would be insufficient or it would have been exposed to bacterial contamination. Hence The tooth has to be collected from a painless extraction process by following our standard protocol and will be shifted immediately to the laboratory in controlled temperature conditions for processing before storage within 48-72 hours of tooth collection.

A: No. We will consider the milk tooth for dental stem cell banking, with 1/3rd of its root intact and 2/3rd root must be resorbed. It means the milk tooth will be extracted approximately 1-2 months before its natural exfoliation. Since there are no strong roots to hold, it won’t be that painful.

A: Stem cell banking might seems to be not important because you are not suffering from diseases like myocardial infarction, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, etc. But any person may endanger any sort of uncertainties and suffer from such health conditions in the future. In such instances, stem cells could be important due to their unique property of being forever “young” and being able to convert into required cells/tissues.

A: Mothercell is a private stem cell bank where people preserve their stem cells for their own use. Without your written authorization your stem cells will not be retrieved from cryopreservation tanks.

A: YES. Cord blood stem cells are hematopoietic in nature and dental pulp stem cells are mesenchymal (Tissue related) in nature. Both complement each other to provide an overall comprehensive defense against life-threatening diseases. .

A: YES. you can consider banking dental stem cells of the 2 children. We can use person A stem cells to person B, provided the HLA matching between them must be positive. And for certain genetic disorders and genome therapies, only autologous (own stem cells) are advisable. And hence it is always recommended to bank both the kid’s dental stem cells.

A: Mothercell always practices the global standards in processing the sample. The sample can be shifted to any place in the globe as per the future requirements.

A: During the processing, if for any of the reasons a sample might get rejected in the preliminary test for Quantity, Quality, and Sterility issues of the sample. As an additional measure, we will look for the next available tooth for further collection and processing without any extra charges on the client.

A: We don’t depend on electric power to continually maintain these lower temperatures. After processing, the samples are preserved in LN2 (liquid nitrogen) tanks to maintain these lower temperatures as the property of LN2 itself is -196 degrees centigrade. A continuous flow of LN2 will be ensured with spare tanks and an automated pipeline system which suck off the required LN2 as per the need.

A: The most common stem cell therapy is a bone marrow transplant. Stem cells have been used for decades to treat patients who are suffering from blood-related disorders like leukemia, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, etc. or immune deficiency.

Clinical research has shown that stem cells have a high potential (currently under experimental research) to manage many life-threatening diseases and critical ailments in the future through stem cell therapy. For example, the use of stem cells to repair damaged heart muscles, generate cells that produce insulin, treat diabetes and repair damaged spinal nerves in spinal cord injuries, etc.

A: Autologous stem cell transplant means that the donor receives their own stem cells. There are many advantages of autologous transplants including; no immune reaction and tissue rejection of the cells, no immunosuppressive therapy needed, and significantly reduced risk of communicable diseases.
Allogeneic stem cell transplant means that the cells have been donated by a third party. The patient, therefore, will not receive their own cells if a transplant is ever needed. Therefore additional challenges in matching donors and risks surrounding the possible rejection of donated cells.