In recent years there have been articles discussing harvesting stem cells located in wisdom teeth with the hope that one day they could be used to heal damaged cells in the body. Nowadays some oral surgeons will offer patients the option after extracting their wisdom teeth to bank dental stem cells. There are a few extra steps to preserve stem cells from wisdom during surgery. All one has to do is to put the teeth into a packaging kit and then send them off for processing using a shipping service like FedEx, UPS, or USPS. It makes it easy if the oral surgeon or oral surgeons office can assist with the packaging and shipping of wisdom teeth after surgery as someone who just had surgery probably won’t be up for it. However, if the location one has wisdom teeth does not partner with any dental stem cell storage companies one could take the wisdom teeth with them and have a family or friend who might have accompanied the person for the surgery to assist them.
For those wondering about companies that can store stem cells from wisdom teeth and how much this costs the following provides some comparison. The National Dental Pulp Laboratory, Inc. provides a nice comparison of the cost of banking dental stem cells among different companies. The cost for collection and processing of dental stem cells ranges from around $600 to $2,000 with additional costs per year for storage. The following are some companies and costs to consider when deciding who to use for the storage of wisdom teeth stem cells:
1. National Dental Pulp Laboratory, Inc. offers wisdom teeth stem cell storage for a collection and processing fee of $599 which includes a year of storage with an additional 1 year of storage costing $99. They also offer a 20 year plan for $2420 which includes collection, processing, and storage for 20 years.
2. Tooth Bank offers wisdom teeth stem cell storage for a collection and processing fee with a year of storage for $599. Each additional year of storage is $115. They also offer storage for 20 years for $1499.
3. BioEden offers wisdom teeth stem cell storage for a collection, processing, and 1 year of storage for $1250. Each additional year of storage is $120. They also offer a 21 year plan for $2930 with includes the processing fee and 21 years of storage.
4. Store-a-Tooth does not offer pricing information on their website but is available by requesting a free information kit. They charge $850 for processing and collection and a year of storage for a fee of $150. They also offer 20 years of storage for $1,800. They even offer a 50 year of storage option for $4,000 and a lifetime storage option for $6,000. They also offer 3, 5, and 10 year storage plans.
5. StemSave offers wisdom teeth stem cell storage for a collection and processing fee of $630 along with 1 year of storage for $120. They also offer 20 years of storage for $1800.
6. Stemodontics offers stem cell banking for a collection and processing fee of $1997 along with a monthly storage fee of $22 which works out to $264 a year. They don’t appear to offer any longer storage plans.
7. Oothy offers tooth stem cell storage for 20 years with a plan costing $2,695.
For those looking for wisdom teeth stem cell storage for 20 years the companies listed above offer plans ranging from $2,098 to $7,277 with Tooth Bank being the least expensive and Stemodontics being the most expensive. If you know of other companies that you may have experiences with or are aware of other pricing information feel free to share below in the comments. Of course if one is considering a 20 year wisdom teeth stem cell storage plan one would have to look further into what might happen if they company were to go out of business before the end of the 20 year term. For those who have the funds and are having wisdom teeth extracted it may make sense to use a company to store the stem cells for possible future use to improve your health and well-being.