Stem Cells

The restorative properties of stem cells:

Stem cells are unique because they drive the natural healing process throughout your life. Stem cells are different from other cells in the body because they regenerate and produce specialized cell types. They heal and restore skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, nerves and other tissues when injured.

As a result, amazing new medical treatments are being developed to treat a range of diseases contemporary medicine currently deems difficult or impossible to treat. Among them are:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Brain Injuries
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Leukemia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Sports Injuries
  • Cosmetic and Anti-aging Applications

While stem cells can be found in most tissues of the body, they are usually buried deep, are few in number and are similar in appearance to surrounding cells. With the discovery of stem cells in teeth, an accessible and available source of stem cells has been identified.

A digital illustration of a stem cellThe tooth is nature’s “safe” for these valuable stem cells, and there is an abundance of these cells in baby teeth, wisdom teeth and permanent teeth. The stem cells contained within teeth are capable of replicating themselves and can be readily recovered at the time of a planned dental procedure. Living stem cells found within extracted teeth were routinely discarded every day, but now, with the knowledge from recent medical research, your Doctor provides you the opportunity to save these cells for future use in developing medical treatments for your family.

Aside from being the most convenient stem cells to access, dental stem cells have significant medical benefits in the development of new medical therapies. Using one’s own stem cells for medical treatment means a much lower risk of rejection by the body and decreases the need for powerful drugs that weaken the immune system, both of which are negative but typical realities that come into play when tissues or cells from a donor are used to treat patients.

Further, the stem cells from teeth have been observed in research studies to be among the most powerful stem cells in the human body. Stem cells from teeth replicate at a faster rate and for a longer period of time than do stem cells harvested from other tissues of the body.

Stem cells in the human body age over time and their regenerative abilities slow down later in life. The earlier in life that your family’s stem cells are secured, the more valuable they will be when they are needed most.

BMAC-Slide

Stem Cells are the body’s natural tissue regeneration and defense mechanism. They are made in everyone’s bone marrow, the normal “inside” space of every bone. When harvested and properly processed, they can be used to regenerate ANY tissue in the body, when given the right circumstances and protein signals. This REPLACES the need to harvest actual bone or soft tissue from other parts of the body, which can be quite painful, prolonging recovery from surgery.

Dr. Raska, through many years of research, has personally developed a technique in hard and soft tissue (Bone and gums) regeneration that utilizes the patient’s OWN naturally occurring stem cells. Under IV anesthesia, a tiny needle is placed through the skin over the hip, and gently passed into the marrow space of the bone. The bone is located very superficially to the skin, making this process very easy to perform.

Marrow blood is then drawn off, passed through special filters, and placed in a special centrifuge to separate the stem cells from the rest of the blood. This is what is known as BMAC- Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. Once they are separated, they are seeded onto sterile, donated bone, and a special bone protein signal is also infused. This signal tells the stem cells to become “bone-forming” cells.

This technique allows Dr. Raska to rebuild the bone structures of the jaws and face, with minimal to no discomfort to the patient from the harvesting procedure.