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Can dental anesthesia stop growth of wisdom teeth?

Many teens and young adults have surgery to remove impacted wisdom teeth, but a study from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine hints at a possible way to prevent wisdom teeth from growing in the first place.

The researchers looked at dental records of children between ages 2 and 6 who received dental treatment requiring local anesthesia in the lower jaw and who also had a dental X-ray taken at least three years after their treatment. They compared their images to those of children who had not received anesthesia.

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