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how long will numbing medicine take to wear off after a tooth filling?

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Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Anesthetic: How long a local anesthetic last depends on the type, amount and what type of injection. Usually it last a few hours but there are some longer lasting anesthetics that may last 7 hours or more. There are medications that will lessen the duration of the anesthetic . The dentist can give this after the procedure is completed, but it requires another injection.
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1--3hrs: Depends on how long you were in the chair and what type of anesthesia was used. Also lower jaw takes longer than upper jaw.
Dr. Donovan Young
Dentistry 29 years experience
It has about 2 -4 hrs depending on the type and amount of anesthesia used. It can be eliminated faster if; you drink water during the procedure and soon after the procedure as it gets eliminated thru the liver and kidneys.
Oct 24, 2012
Dr. Donovan Young
Dentistry 29 years experience
Anesthesia to the Maxillary or upper jaw will dissipate faster than the lower jaw. It takes less anesthesia in the upper jaw to numb a tooth except during surgical procedures as removing a tooth or doing a root canal procedure.
Oct 24, 2012
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Varies: Varies based on a few things. Type of anesthesia and how delivered: locally placed, or regional block.The block will last longer. The various types can last from lass than 1 hour to up to 8 hours. Also, there is variation in each individual's ability to metabolize the anesthetic.Typically, if you take heavier duty medications on a regular basis for systemic problems, you will metabolize it faster.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
2 to 4 hours: and some types like articaine can last up to 7-8 hours.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Varies: depending on which numbing medicine is used and on the individual.

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