Stem cells: Sources, therapies and the dental professional

Feb. 29, 2008
Continuing education course on stem cell sources.

Dental stem cells can be obtained from the pulp of the primary and permanent teeth, from the periodontal ligament, and from associated healthy tissues. Exfoliating/extracted deciduous teeth and permanent teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment, trauma or dental implant indications are all readily available sources of dental stem cells. The harvest of these dental stem cells results in minimal trauma. Dental professionals have the opportunity to make their patients aware of these new sources of stem cells that can be stored for future use as new therapies are developed for a range of diseases and injuries.

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