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A 61-year-old female asked:

One year ago had an impacted wisdom tooth removed. i still have numbness and pain. surgeon say every things alright but it's annoying?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Kirschner
Dentistry 9 years experience
Something is wrong~: It is not normal to be numb for so long after an extraction. I urge you to go at once to another oral surgeon, possibly a doctor in a hospital, and try to find out why you are still numb, and what can be done about it. You must seek help at once. It may already be too late for surgical correction of the problem. You may want to see a neurologist who is a medical doctor and not a dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Consequence: Parasthesia is sometimes an unfortunate consequence of 3rd molar surgery. Risk of parasthesia should have been reviewed with you before surgery.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Get a 2nd opinion: If your surgeon feels that everything is alright, and you're not satisfied, then you need to get a second opinion from another dental surgeon. You want to make sure that your nerve wasn't injured during wisdom tooth extraction, or if it's just sensitivity around the area. It never hurts to get a second, or even third opinion, if you're not satisfied with your first opinion. It's important to have peace of mind.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Not all right !: One year is too long for normal recovery from wisdom extractions, is it a lower tooth?, if that's the case get a second opinion , preferably a nerve specialist.

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