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How long to the effects of novacaine work after getting your wisdom teeth pulled?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depends: Most surgeons use long acting anesthetics wnen removing wisdom teeth. Novocaine is no longer used in dentistry. Lidocaine is the most often used local anesthetic in restorative dentistry and lasts about 2-3 hours. Bupivicaine and etidocaine can last 5-8 houts if given during wisdom tooth removal.

Answered 6/26/2014

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Dr. Jonathan Engel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depends: There are actually different anesthetics used and they have different durations of action. Some of the long lasting ones can be 6-8 hours in some people.

Answered 10/14/2012

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