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i used max strenth oragel last night for a toothache and my lower right side of my lip and chin are still numb .will this go awa i've never had this problem with orajel im not swollen .i am taking amoxicillan for the infection i might have and ibuprofen

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
The : The numbness you are experiencing may not be coming from the orajel. Has a dentist seen you for this problem, or are you self medicating? If you are treating yourself, get to a dentist to be treated. Your infection is putting extreme pressure on the nerve in the bone and causing your "numbness". The reason you are not swollen is because the infection is in the bone. If you are being treated by a dentist for the infection, call their office for guidance as to how you should proceed. Allowing this to continue can result in possible nerve damage from the infection. Please do not wait.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Yes: Long term numbness is not caused by oragel. It sounds like infection is the cause of this numbness . Once the infection is under control , the numbness will dissipate.
Answered on Feb 4, 2013
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
29 years experience Endodontics
Orajel Not Cause: It is very unlikely that the numbness is being caused by the orajel. More likely, your numbness is being caused by the infection. You may want to see a specialist as the infection may be impinging on a nerve thereby causing you the feeling of numbness.
Answered on Feb 21, 2016

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