WAXAHACHIE — The Tooth Fairy may soon start seeing a dip in her collections, but Dr. Justin Wright, DDS, said he doesn’t think she’ll mind. That’s because Wright, owner and lead dentist at Just Wright Dental offices in Corsicana and Waxahachie, recently joined forces with the Tooth Bank.

The Tooth Bank is a national dental stem cell solutions company that gives parents an affordable opportunity to harvest and store vitally-important dental stem cells that have the ability to regenerate into various cell types.

“Many parents hear about [umbilical] cord blood banking as a way to provide their children with the best possible medical care in the face of an unanticipated disease or illness. This process is not only costly but is also often the last thing on a parent’s mind as they’re welcoming a child into the world,” Wright said. “Tooth banking gives parents a second, and much more affordable, opportunity to harvest the highly regenerative stem cells from their child’s baby and wisdom teeth.”

While the initial cost of cord blood banking ranges from $2,000 to $3,000, plus an average of $100 annual storage fees, the Tooth Bank charges $590 to extract, examine, freeze and store the dental stem cells from multiple teeth. Additionally, yearly storage fees cost $115, all paid to Tooth Bank.

If a child needs to have a baby tooth or wisdom tooth extracted, Dr. Wright and his staff will remove the tooth and place it in the specially-designed kit provided by Tooth Bank. The kit is then overnighted to the Tooth Bank lab where the dental stem cells are processed and collected before being cryogenically preserved. A detailed report from the Tooth Bank, which includes a unique storage identification number and what to do in the event the cells are needed in the future, is sent to the patient’s parents.

”At Just Wright Dental, we are always looking for ways to serve our patients. If we can provide the highest-quality care, and help give them an opportunity to plan for their child’s medical future, there’s no question why we wouldn’t do that,” Wright added.

Wright is a proud Texas Aggie earned a Bachelor of Science degree before graduating from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. Wright and his staff specialize in restoring and transforming smiles and take great pride in staying on top of today’s ever-changing dental field and offering their patients the most up-to-date treatments and care available.

For more information, contact Keri Moore at 903-225-2330 or email at smile@justwrightdental.com. For additional information about Tooth Bank, visit www.toothbank.com.