| | prolonged numbness
i stumbled on this site looking for some information about numbness in my tongue that has lasted for the past 4 days. i have been having a root canal work done on a lower incisor that has taken about 5 trips to finally get it all cleaned out. this last time, the dentist finally put in the rubber "post" and a temporary filling to make sure that it is finally clean inside before he does the permanent filling. i have had horror stories with dentists going back nearly 40 years (some of which sent me directly to the hospital) and since finding my current dentist 12 years ago, have had NO problems. i was sorry to see that other's have had this prolonged numbness, tingling and burning of the tongue problem too, but was glad to see that it should EVENTUALLY wear off. my concern is that now i'm terrified of going back in 3 weeks to have the permanent filling put in. should i avoid any more anesthesia until the the feeling has returned or will it be ok to go ahead and have it done beforehand? if anyone else has had this problem and has some encouragement i'd sure love to hear it, as i'm getting really worried it MAY be permanent. i would never have thought something this simple could be SO painful and bothersome!