It is a known fact that wisdom teeth cause lots of problems in many modern people. According to the estimations, every 9 of 10 people have various unwanted conditions related to their wisdom teeth. Some people suffer from impacted wisdom teeth, or improperly growing wisdom teeth which very often causes terrible pains and inability to use the teeth properly. As a result, those people are forced to visit dental clinics and get possible treatment, however, in most of such cases dental care specialists offer removing wisdom teeth. This is quite a serious surgical procedure linked to numerous risks, including the risks for infections and other serious complications. The experts from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons say that the number of wisdom teeth removal surgeries has been firmly increasing for a few last years, and it is hardly possible to find an effective solution to stop this tendency.
Some scientists were thinking about the strategies and looking for effective ways to stop wisdom teeth growth, thus receive an opportunity to help people avoid going through pains and painful dental procedures of wisdom teeth removal. Earlier this month, the findings of a very interesting relevant study were published. According to the conclusions of an expert group based in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine paediatric dental clinic, it is possible to inhibit wisdom teeth growth in young children by giving them some type of dental anesthesia. As the experiments of the scientists have shown, this can be an effective approach to stopping the development of wisdom teeth and making young children not suffer from wisdom teeth related problems in the future. It is reported that the practical experiments involved working with 220 young children aged between 2 and 6, who came to the paedistric dental clinic for various sorts of dental treatment.
The kids had annual X-ray in the clinic for three and more years, and the scientists payed attention to the fact that those kids who were treated with local dental anesthesia (also known as numbing) during dental procedures to their low jaws had considerably higher incidence of underdeveloped or even missing low jaw wisdom teeth buds comparing to those participants who have never had dental anesthesia. According to Anthony Silvestri, one of the study leaders and a professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, “The incidence of missing wisdom teeth was significantly higher in the group that had received dental anaesthesia; statistical evidence suggests that this did not happen by chance alone.” He underlined that normally, wisdom teeth buds start developing in little kids aged between 2 and 4, and in late teenage hood wisdom teeth start already emerging. However, in some people wisdom teeth may start emerging in early adulthood, or even as late as in the late 20s – early 30s.
The scientists are convinced that the approach they have found will open a way to developing a new treatment allowing people avoid problems with their wisdom teeth by simple not developing them. However, it is underlined in the report that further more thorough studies are necessary in order to confirm the findings and develop a clear technology based on the findings. “Dentists have been giving local anaesthesia to children for nearly 100 years and may have been preventing wisdom teeth from forming without even knowing it,” the study leader said. “Our findings give hope that a procedure preventing [wisdom tooth] growth can be developed.” The report about this interesting research was recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Many dental experts expressed their interest to these findings, though they failed to explain cause-and-effect links between using dental anesthesia and wisdom teeth growth inhibition. Hopefully, further studies will find the relationship very soon.