What are Dental Pulp Cells?

Cells in Teeth:

In the year 2000 Dr. Songtao Shi discovered that teeth, specifically dental pulp contained stem cells. He and others then went on to discover and publish that children’s primary teeth also contained stem cells, and that those cells contained special properties.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cell research is now at the forefront of medical science and has led to advances in the treatment of illnesses and conditions which were previously thought to be “incurable”. Find out more about the tooth cell collection process from collecting your child’s milk teeth to extracting and harvesting them. Visit our Treatments section to witness the science and the treatments, which are shaping all of our lives, today and tomorrow.

Stem cell therapy and its potential ability to cure many diseases is a hugely promising opportunity for those wishing to safeguard the health of future generations.


Milk teeth have been proven to be an abundant source of stem cells with the potential to treat or cure a wide variety of illnesses and medical conditions.

Your child will naturally lose around 12 teeth over a five-year period and 20 teeth in total; therefore the process of obtaining viable stem cells from milk teeth is non-invasive.


A range of different types of cells can be extracted from milk teeth. For example there are those that can develop into different types of tissue and organ cells while others can generate cartilage and bone marrow. Some also have the ability to repair cardiac tissue.

This means that the conditions the cells can potentially treat are many and varied. For example they could help to restore sight after an injury, or repair damaged cardiac muscle caused by a heart attack.


In addition, they can potentially be used in skin grafts and fat cells for burns and reconstructive surgery as well as forming part of a potential cure for diabetes.
Their ability to grow into different types of tissue, organ, cartilage and marrow also means that tooth stem cells could be instrumental in treating joint, back, liver, lung and blood vessel damage in the future.

And that’s not all; these amazing cells could also be used to treat peripheral nerve and spinal cord damage and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's and Motor Neuron diseases.


In short, tooth cells could hold the key to successfully treating many illnesses or problems caused by the body’s natural wear and tear.