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A 29-year-old female asked:

I had maxillary surgery to remove a cyst 3 months ago now! how long should my gum be numb for and pins and needles in the face along with runny nose?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Depends: No one answer for everyone, but in general, sensory nerves can take anywhere from 3mos to a year to recover after surgery. Pins and needles are a commonly described sensation during this phase of healing. Depending on the type of maxillary surgery you had, the 'runny nose' can rarely represent a more serious issue. Talk with your surgeon!
Last updated Oct 17, 2013

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