Home Health Parents News Now Anesthetic Shot May Stop Wisdom Teeth from Growing Anesthetic Shot May Stop Wisdom Teeth from Growing By Holly Lebowitz Rossi April 05, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_132953399 30258 The findings, published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest it might be possible to deliberately prevent the development of the often-troublesome teeth, the team at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine said. "It is intriguing to think that something as routine as local anesthesia could stop wisdom teeth from developing," says Dr. Anthony Silvestri, who oversaw the study. The team just looked at children being treated at Tufts, and they only have a few hundred records, so the findings would have to be repeated in a larger group of children to be sure. But they suggest it might be possible to apply an already widely used medication to prevent the development of a common tooth problem. As many as 5 million Americans get their wisdom teeth pulled every year. Medically known as third molars, these very back teeth usually emerge in the late teens or early 20s and they can sometimes cause trouble, pushing against other teeth. They are also difficult to clean and can become decayed. Image: Child at dentist, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Anesthetic Shot May Stop Wisdom Teeth from Growing Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.