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A 42-year-old member asked:

how long will numbness last after oral surgery?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
A few hours: If you are referring to the local anesthesia that was given then it should wear off in 2-3 hours. If you are referring to a parasthesia that may have been caused by an oral surgery procedure then that varies greatly and more information would be needed to offer an opinion.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Varies: The time limit varies depending on the type of anaesthetic given and how your own system breaks down the drug used.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: On what type of local anesthetic is used. It can range from one to 12 hours.
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
1-2 hours: Typically 1-2 hours.. However, there are medications that wil cause numbness for 4-6 hours after oral surgery.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Depends: Depends on the area and the type of anesthesia used as well as how it was administered. Shortest time is about 2 hours. Longest is about 8 hours. Often we use longest acting anesthetic (Marcaine) so patient will be comfortable longer. Ask your surgeon.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
1-3 hours: 1-3 hours. sometimes longer if long acting agents used.

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