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Stem Cells: Emerging Medical and Dental Therapies and the Dental Professional

Gregory Chotkowski, DMD
Released 10/10/2008 | Reviewed 12/10/2010 | Expires 12/10/2014

This electronically delivered self-instructional program qualifies for 2 AGD PACE CE credits from Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC.


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The Dental Professional will play an important role in both the recovery and the future use of stem cells in Dental and Medical regenerative and personalized therapies.

The emerging field of "Personalized Medicine" is a popular topic in the media and generally refers to new medical technologies derived from a patient's own stem cells. Within the context of Adult Dental Stem Cells, recent findings and scientific research supports the therapeutic use of the extremely potent mesenchymal stem cells found within the healthy pulp of deciduous and permanent teeth, as well as other accessible tissues harvested from within the oral cavity. Their use can be applied to a multitude of regenerative and personalized medical therapies. As clinical studies continue to advance in the coming years, it is widely accepted that in order to avoid autoimmune rejection from donor tissues - while simultaneously maximizing on therapeutic efficacy - stem cells will be used to generate individualized "patient specific" treatments. Within the field of Dentistry, stem cells will be used for the following: the regeneration of dentin and/or dental pulp; the creation of biologically-viable scaffolds for the replacement of orofacial bone and cartilage, and; the partial or complete regeneration of defective salivary glands


1. Understand the basic science of the different types of stem cells.
2. Identify the various available sources for recovery of Adult Stem Cells from within - and outside the oral cavity, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each source.
3. Learn the benefits of recovering and cryopreserving Dental Stem Cells. 
4. Understand the clinical relevance of recovering Dental Stem Cells
5. Learn the potential uses of Dental Stem Cells and their role in regenerative therapies.

RESULTS: While the promise of the immense scope and magnitude that stem cell therapies will have upon the population will only be fully realized in the future, Dental Professionals know that the critical time to act is now. The available opportunities to recover and cryopreserve patients' Dental Stem Cells will have the greatest future impact if seized upon while their patients are young and healthy.
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About the Author

Gregory Chotkowski, DMD


President of StemSave, Inc. Dr. Chotkowski previously practiced as a Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in New York City. He has authored several authoritative articles on maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction and has lectured both nationally and internationally. In accordance with its mission, StemSave partners with Dental Professionals to enable them to provide their patients with the opportunity to cryopreserve their own valuable stem cells for future regenerative therapies.

Dr. Gregory Chotkowski, DMD is a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he received his DMD degree. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital and went on to found Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Manhattan, P.C. Dr. Chotkowski has been an entrepreneur in multiple settings involving technology and medicine and has consulted for leading hospitals on IT infrastructure, as well as having authored several patents related to data capture. He is an advisor to Caring Technologies, which specializes in developing and providing BI Capture ('Behavior Image' video technology) and online tele-health services including a personal health record service for the autism community called As the parent of a son afflicted with an as yet incurable form of Muscular Dystrophy, he has a profound understanding of stem cells and a passion for the promise of regenerative medical therapies.  



Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 6/1/2015 to 5/31/2019. Provider ID# 218966.





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