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A 30-year-old member asked:

for what length of time does dental local anesthesia last?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends on local: We have different anesthetics that have differing durations of action, and it depends if it's delivered in the maxillary arch (top teeth) or mandibular arch (bottom teeth). Anesthetics last longer in the mandibular arch. Anesthesia doses can last from one hour to 18 hours.
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 45 years experience
Wide variation: Local anesthesia profound enough to treat a tooth usually last 45 minutes to 2 hours. However the soft tissues -lips, tongues- will last 4 to 8 hours from the usual local anesthetics. Some local anesthetics often used for surgical wisdom tooth extraction will last 8 to 12 hours.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
3-6 hours: from the time of local anesthesia injection. When combined with epinephrine the numbness should last at least 3 hours.

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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Toothpicks can be a valuable aid in removing plaque from teeth surfaces. If not used carefully, parts can break off and lodge between teeth or form splinters that stick into the gums.Repeated use can cause undesired spacing due toa orthodontic forces placed on the teeth.
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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can anesthesia affect your WBC count?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Yes/no: A slight shift in WBC is to be expected after surgery.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you lose your teeth because of aids?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Losing teeth/AIDs: Treating people with HIV and aids has come along way. Anyone who has a compromised immune system can have challenges with keeping their teeth. It is very important to stay on top of your oral hygiene as your immune system may struggle to fight the bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, some of the medications to treat hiv/aids may cause dry mouth, which can lead to rampant decay and tooth loss.

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