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Old 02-18-2004, 11:24 AM   #1
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Still numb?

I had two crowns and a filling this morning on my left upper anterior teeth. My Dentist had to give me a second injection of anesthesia to finish the filling because my teeth are extra sensitive. However, that was at 915 CST which is about 4 hours ago. I'm still somewhat numb and cannot talk or smile normally now. Is that normal? Usually it wears off after a couple hours. Should I call the Dentist? I'm somewhat concerned...

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Old 02-18-2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: Still numb?

Oh my goodness!! I had the exact same question! I just had a root canal done today and four hours later I'm still pretty numb...
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:50 AM   #3
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Re: Still numb?

Yes, that's normal. It depends on the type and amount of anaesthetic used for the procedure (for some procedures, you'll want sth stronger and longer-lasting so that there's no post-operative pain). While I'm not an expert, as far as I understand, stronger anaesthetics such as marcaine last longer than anaesthetics such as lidocaine which is one of the standard anaesthetics used for simple procedures.

Old 02-20-2004, 06:12 PM   #4
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I visited the Dentist 5 days ago and the left side of my face is still swollen and numb
In desperation I rang my Dentist and he called me in immediately (2 days ago) and he said I could be allergic to the rubber dam (not sure if that is the correct terminology!) so he stuck a bit of the rubber on my arm with a bandaid over it to see if I get a reaction ... to date, there is no redness or reaction. Yesterday I visited my Doctor to see if he knew why I was still numb and swollen - he has given me Penicillin to take. So far the medication hasn't worked :-(
The dental work I had done involved re-constructing a back tooth (on the left hand side) because it had several cracks in it. He put the dam thingy in my mouth to stop stuff going down my throat - said it was a kinder way of dealing with dentistry work!
Help!!!! has anyone out there ever been numb and swollen for over 5 days???

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