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Posted by David on April 11, 2000 at 21:56:44:

In Reply to: Numbness posted by Serena on April 10, 2000 at 23:25:32:

: Please help. Has anyone out there experienced numbness as a result of wisdom teeth extraction? The right half of my lower lip and chin are completely numb. Also, my teeth in that area are very sensative. I do have a tingling sensation in my lip at times. Is this numbness permanent? Is the tingling a sign that the nerve is regenerating and I will eventually regain sensation? I am very concerned.

Dear Serena:
You did not mention how long ago you had the wisdom teeth
extracted. If its only been a few weeks, you may get some of the
sensation back. However, if it's already been a couple of months,
it could be bad.

There is a possibility that a nerve may have been sectioned (cut)
or injured beyond repair. If this happens to be the case, you should
get back to the oral surgeon or general dentist at once. Be sure
to express your concern, and ask for his suggestions. Generally
speaking six months is given to see what will happen, beyond that
do not expect much more improvements. But talk to your doctor
on this matter.

Permanent numbness can be quite annoying. You may eventually
get used to it. A second opinion wouldn't hurt. Have another doctor
take an x-ray to verify that no broken root tips or broken instruments
remain in the extraction sites. Malpractice in these cases exists,
but the complication is one that the patient must assume, and nothing
can replace educating oneself prior to any surgery. You'd have to prove
that the standard of care was violated, and this can be a tough thing
to do.

Good luck.

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