Vail Valley dentist can bank patients’ stem cells |

Vail Valley dentist can bank patients’ stem cells

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Doctor James Garel of Vail Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is among the first practitioners in Colorado to use available technology for harvesting and storing stem cells from patients’ teeth, giving his patients the potential for regenerative treatment and cures for future health challenges.

Researsh has shown that stem cells are available in the healthy pulp and follicles in teeth. These cells have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body.

Garel, the only board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the Vail Valley, now offers patients the opportunity to harvest and store stem cells, most usually from wisdom teeth.

The accessibility of teeth makes harvesting dental stem cells simple and affordable. While people have opportunities throughout their lives to have dental stem cells recovered and stored, a release from Garel’s office states doing so at a younger age is optimal, as the younger the stem cells the better.

During the course of routine extraction of wisdom teeth, bicuspids during orthodontic treatment, and bab) teeth, Garel can now recover stem cells and offer cryo-preservation for patients for future uses.

“I have always been interested in tissue engineering and its potential,” Garel said. “In addition to being non-controversial and easy to harvest, teeth stem cells are pleuri-potential or ‘plastic’ cells which can form many different tissue types – not all stem cell types have this capability.”

Today hospitals are using stem cells to treat leukemia and heart failure, and are transplanting organs from a patient’s own cells. There are more 3200 clinical trials in various stages of investigation, which suggest that stem cell therapies will be able to treat diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy and many other diseases.

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