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"Save-A-Tooth" System Now Used to Transport Teeth Destined For Cryopreservation and Stem Cell Treatment of Disease

The Save-A-Tooth System® (, the best method for storage of knocked out teeth, is now being used to transport teeth that can be used as a source of stem cells. Provia Laboratories, Inc., the provider of the Store-A-ToothTM service (http// and the leading company for preserving the valuable stem cells found in extracted wisdom teeth and baby teeth, is now using the Save-A-Tooth® system to transport these teeth.

(PRWEB) January 28, 2010 -- Recent research has shown that normally shedding baby teeth and extracted wisdom teeth can be a source of stem cells that are the equivalent to umbilical cord blood stem cells. The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells has been routine for several years. However, this method has many problems. The window of time for the retrieval of the cord blood is very short, the hospital staff needs to be well trained in the technique and it is expensive.

Provia’s Store-A-Tooth™ service allows families to preserve the stem cells found in extracted wisdom teeth and normally shedding baby teeth.

The discovery that extracted wisdom teeth and baby teeth are a rich source of stem cells overcomes many of the problems that arise with umbilical cord blood extraction. Every child loses twenty baby teeth over a period of six to eight years and 1.4 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year. Each of these is a rich source of stem cells. In the past, these teeth were thrown in a trashcan but now they can be placed in a Save-A-Tooth® system (, shipped to a cryopreservation facility and the stem cells stored until needed for the many possible future clinical applications.

“This potential source of stem cells from teeth is a tremendous breakthrough”, Dr. Paul Krasner, Professor of Endodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry emphasizes. “Four million baby teeth a year normally fall out and for a small cost and virtually no effort, each can have their stem cells stored for future medical use.”

The Save-A-Tooth® system has been used to store, preserve and transport knocked out teeth for over twenty years. Its preservation fluid, Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution has been shown to be the best preservation solution for the over five million teeth knocked out each year. The value of a complete system for the storage of knocked out teeth is outlined in the dental trauma blog,

“Because of its reliability over twenty years of use and its protective suspension and retrieval net, for us it was the only safe way to transport teeth to our cryopreservation storage facility," says Dr. Peter Verlander, Chief Scientific Officer of Provia. “We were very concerned about the safety of the teeth during transport,” says Dr. Verlander. “We get the best results banking these stem cells if the teeth that contain them are not damaged during the transport. The Save-A-Tooth® system has a patented suspension and retrieval net that protects the teeth during transport and none of the other methods of transporting teeth that have this safety factor.”

There are stem cells present on the roots of extracted wisdom teeth that are especially delicate and subject to crushing damage. The Save-A-Tooth® is the only method that protects these delicate cells. These stem cells are found at the root end of the wisdom teeth and could be damaged by banging against container walls or crushing during removal from the container.

The Save-A-Tooth® System is the only device with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for transporting knocked out teeth and is used by most dentists, schools, hospitals, ambulances, and the US Olympic teams. Since knocked out teeth will die within one hour of their being knocked out, the Save-A-Tooth® should be purchased ahead of time and kept in first aid kits just like Band-aids, burn cream and gauze. If the Save-A-Tooth® is used within 60 minutes of the accident, over 90% of knocked out teeth can be save by reimplantation.

About Phoenix-Lazerus, Inc.:
Phoenix-Lazerus, Inc. has been producing the Save-A-Tooth® system for the last twenty years. The company counts amongst its customers many dental companies such as Henry Schein and organizations like all of the US Olympic teams, the Special Olympics and most professional sports teams including the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles

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