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Third Molar (Wisdom Teeth) Extraction

Third molars may have another use after their extraction

An article published in the September 2019 Journal for the California Dental Association reported that extracted third molars (wisdom teeth) may be useful for patients in their future because they contain stem cells. These cells are the beginning of all cells that have specialized functions. They create what is called a “daughter” cell which may go on to become another specialized cell such as blood,liver, or brain cells or remain stem cells. To harvest the adult cells, extracted third molars are placed in a solution and shipped to a lab where they are frozen and stored for potential use.

Science is hoping stem cells become a renewable source of replacement cells for treatment of a variety of diseases. Remember we are talking the future.

~Dr. Doug

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