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Wising up: Could wisdom teeth soon become a thing of the past?

Wising up: Could wisdom teeth soon become a thing of the past?

March 12, 2019

Just before my daughter turned 5, she had dental treatment done under local anesthesia to fill troublesome cavities. The trauma from the experience alone was enough to make her dislike going to the dentist even for routine cleanings and checkups.

However, many years down the road, that experience might lend her an even greater benefit than we ever could have imagined.

Research has shown that young children injected with shots of anesthetic for dental care sometimes never grew lower wisdom teeth later, suggesting these shots might make it possible to deliberately stop wisdom teeth from growing.



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