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wisdom tooth removal and facial numbness
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:39 AM
I had my wisdom tooth on the lower left side removed yesterday and today my bottom lip most of chin and a patch of my face on lower left side are still all numb and tingly. My bottom 4 front teeth feel 'odd' too.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and not had permanent nerve damage?
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:42 AM
Your best bet would be to raise it with your dentist or surgeon, but it could possibly be swelling impinging on a nerve at this early stage.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:50 AM
Not what you want to hear - but mine were removed about 6 months ago now, and my face is still numb!
Same as you really - lower lip, most of chin on left side, and part of face. Also gums on lower left side. Makes teeth brushing feel really odd.
It has come back a little - not nearly as bad as at first, I can feel some pain (eg when the dr tested by sticking a needle into it), but it feels really odd and stiff. Dr reckons it will be like that permanently.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:53 AM
Yes...I had mine removed in the chair and remember crying 2 nights later because half my face was still numb and I thought I had permanent nerve damage.
I think it was about day 4 that I started noticing a definite improvement and each day after things got better and had returned to normal by about 7 days.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:56 AM
I had some dental work done last year and half of my face drooped for about a month afterwards - as in stereotypical image of a stroke.
I do have to have a LOT of anaesthetic for dental work as my nerves are connected between teeth, so they can numb my front tooth for example, and can feel the pain still 3 teeth back - something to do with nerve channels?
While the drooping slowly came right, that side is still less sensitive and I occasionally bite it and my lip on that side is a bit 'softer' looking.
Def call dentist though so they know what is going on with you, although likely not much they can do
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:56 AM
It's been about 20 hours since I had it done. Laridae my dentist did say numbness can take up to 9 months to go away but I was thinking the numbness would be a very tiny patch. I hope mine goes the same way Kat5. I don't really want to bother my dentist with it just yet.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:25 AM
It probably is just bruising and will come back. Mine was removed under a general by a surgeon because it was very close to the nerve, and they had to leave part of the roots of the tooth in there because they were wrapped around the nerve. If yours was done by the dentist then it probably wasn't so risky, so less likely to be permanent.
Do you have a follow up appointment with your dentist? I'd wait a week and if its not back by then, give him a call (though there really isn't anything much they can do).
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:33 AM
I have permanent nerve damage. My Xrays did show my roots were right down near the nerves so I was warned about it - did you dentist discuss with you before if you were at risk of this? Mine started off so severe I would drool from one corner of the mouth as that all the way down to my chin was numb. He tested it by brushing cotton wool over skin with my eyes shut. Mapping the nerve damage showed it healed quite a lot but not 100%. I can feel now, but still a bit odd in some parts - AND I discovered while scuba diving I still have to concentrate to make sure I hold a tight seal with my lips. Total panic under the water and won't try that again.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:36 AM
I had upper and lower jaw surgery, and though it's not the same thing, the cut in the bottom jaw was done where the wisdom teeth are. I didn't have any feeling in my face from my eyebrows down - it was awful.
But what I wanted to say was, it can take up to a year for the nerves to heal! You mention you had 'tingling' sensation, that is a good indication your nerves are starting to heal. So give it a little bit longer. But in the meantime, if you don't have the feeling back tomorrow, just give your dentist a call to make him aware of it.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:37 AM
Yes he did discuss it as a possibility, I felt the pressure of the last needle going in so he said I may have a slightly increased risk of temporary or permanent facial numbness. I did have it out in the chair and it was a quick and easy extraction the tooth came out in one piece.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:38 AM
thans bwok~bwo good to know the tingling is a good sign, yes I can feel things brushing past my lip and stuff it just feels a bit numb and tingly.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:54 AM
I hope yours gets better OP, I'm premenatly numb from a bottom right wisdom extraction. It was the most horrific thing I have ever been through. It's now two years and two months since and my lip, chin and inside my mouth/tounge on my right side are still numb. I've had ex rays, MRI and been to a specialist and they can't do anything. They did say they could possibly do a surgery but can't guarantee any feeling back. I wouldn't wish this on anyone it has affected my life so much. As a pp said give it a week and go back if it stays the same.
Edited by Noah's mum, 20 November 2012 - 10:55 AM.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
My wisdom teeth were taken out in 1988, so, I can't remember about the numbness, but I was swollen for quite some time. I did have lower jaw surgery in 2008 and was told that there was a chance I could be left with permanent numbness (the older you are the higher the chance) and it took some time to go away, but I don't have it anymore.
Edited by vanessa71, 20 November 2012 - 11:02 AM.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:32 AM
Thanks, good to know all angles and what increases the chances.
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