I believe dental stem cell research could result in a broad range of medical and dental benefits, as discoveries in the laboratory lead to new therapies in everyday practice, making regenerative dentistry and medicine a standard of care.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
Store-A-Tooth™, a service of Provia Laboratories LLC, participated in last week’s 2012 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston. Dentists from across New England enrolled with Store-A-Tooth to offer the leading dental stem cell banking service to their patients, enabling families to preserve their own stem cells for future therapies in regenerative medicine and dentistry.
“One of the biggest advances in adult stem cell technology is the discovery of stem cells in dental pulp tissue by NIH researchers in 2000. Dental stem cells have the ability to differentiate into various cell types, such as osteoblasts, odontoblasts, adipocytes, neuronal, and cardiac cells. Stem cell based therapies are currently being studied around the world to treat multiple degenerative diseases. Awareness is rapidly building about this research and their potential to someday be used for a range of clinical applications,” says Dr. Nicholas Perrotta, DMD, a Store-A-Tooth provider who has been offering dental stem cell preservation services at his practice in Medford, MA for over five years.
Dental stem cells have the potential to be used in both dental and medical applications, and have already been used to regenerate alveolar jaw bone and to treat periodontal disease in human studies. Dental stem cells are being studied by scientists around the world to see how they could someday play a role in treating conditions such as diabetes, spinal cord injury, stroke, heart attack and neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. In fact, new research has shown that dental stem cells can be transformed into islet-like cell aggregates which produce insulin in a glucose-dependent manner—a significant step toward eventually developing stem-cell therapies for type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
Dr. Brian M. Smith, head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Cooper University Hospital with a practice in Sewell, NJ sees the potential for dental stem cells to bring innovation to the dental profession as well as new care options for patients. “I believe dental stem cell research could result in a broad range of medical and dental benefits, as discoveries in the laboratory lead to new therapies in everyday practice, making regenerative dentistry and medicine a standard of care. Our job as dental professionals is to help make this vision a reality.”
Provia Laboratories partners with dental practices to offer Store-A-Tooth to patients. The free program makes it easy for dental professionals to inform patients about dental stem cell preservation and includes patient education, training, free CE, professional discounts and instructions for tooth collection. Stem cells may be harvested from dental pulp from any healthy tooth: baby teeth, extracted molars/wisdom teeth, and teeth pulled for orthodontia.
During Yankee Dental, Provia announced a new Store-A-Tooth Territory Manager for New England – Terry Tesak. Based in Massachusetts, Terry brings 12 years of experience working with dental professionals to bring innovation to leading dental practices. Terry was part of the team at Align Technology Inc., the makers of Invisalign, and has also worked for Patterson Dental Supply and Dentsply.
For more information about Store-A-Tooth, call 1-877-857-5753 or visit our website to see recent news stories about dental stem cell banking, http://www.store-a-tooth.com/media/video-news-stories.
About Provia Laboratories, LLC
Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a healthcare services company headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts which specializes in high quality biobanking (preservation of biological specimens). The company’s Store-A-Tooth™ service platform enables the collection, transport, processing, and storage of dental stem cells for potential use in future stem-cell therapies. The company advises industrial, academic, and governmental clients on matters related to the preservation of biological specimens for research and clinical use. In addition, Provia offers a variety of products for use in complex biobanking environments to improve sample logistics, security, and quality. Provia Labs is a member of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. For more information on dental stem cells, call 1-877-867-5753, visit http://www.store-a-tooth.com or http://www.facebook.com/storeatooth, or follow us @StoreATooth.