Dental stem cell companies preserve dental pulp, because the stem cells contained within it may be valuable for future medical use. Dental pulp is the soft living tissue inside a tooth that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
The ideal time to harvest dental stem cells is when children lose their deciduous (baby) teeth, either through natural loss or extraction.
While MSCs from dental pulp stem cells are only used only in laboratory settings at this time, there are a handful of companies that offer dental stem cell storage services. Currently, the dental storage market is small, because of the early stage of research concerning the use of dental pulp stem cells in humans. [Read more…]