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Half of my tongue is numb after wisdom tooth extraction, is this normal?

Half of my tongue is numb after wisdom tooth extraction, is this normal?

Paresthesia: I assume that you had a lower wisdom tooth removed and that the doctor who removed your tooth gave you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. That injection also numbs the tongue on the same side. If the doctor accidentally hit the nerve during the injection, or traumatized the nerve during tooth removal, the tongue may remain numb for a while. Eventually, all feeling will return. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


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Dentist says nerve damage may have been done during wisdom tooth extraction half of tongue is numb, but is starting to tingle is this a good sign?

Dentist says nerve damage may have been done during wisdom tooth extraction half of tongue is numb, but is starting to tingle is this a good sign?

Nerve tear/stretch: When a nerve ha been excessively stretched or torn, there is a chance for it to regrow as ling as the myelin coating is intact. When regrowth occurs the nerve will attempt to grow back to its oringinal position. The growth of a peripheral nerve is a mm each 3 days. the tingle may represent the nerve ending making contact with its oringinal position on the tongue. ...Read more

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I had a wisdom tooth extraction last week and I have paresthesia on the left side of my tongue. Are there exercises that can help the nerve recover?

No: Unfortunately there is little you can do to speed the recovery of the injured nerve other than the obvious: rest, and nutritious diet. Do avoid heavy chewing that might cause you to bite side of tongue. Chewing more slowly may help you avoid such accidental biting. ...Read more

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Scared of wisdom tooth extraction :i'm scared of blood, drilling sounds, etc. I will be fully awake but obviously numbed.

Me too: No one likes having dental procedures done. Very normal to be apprehensive. More than anything, it's fear of the unknown. But you oral surgeon has done this literally thousands of times. Call the office ahead of time. Express your concerns. Ask for suggestions. It also alerts them that you may require just a little extra chair time to assure your complete comfort. ...Read more

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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

See oral surgeon: Contact the oral surgeon that performed the extraction. There are many variables, if the numbness is reducing that is a good sign. If the numbness continues, a neurosurgeon may be needed, don't wait as time is of the essence. ...Read more

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What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

Many : Many but uncommon. Can have pain, swelling, limited jaw opening, bleeding, dry socket, infection, sinus issues, numb lower lip or tongue, mandible fracture. ...Read more

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How long is bleeding normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long is bleeding normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

Post op Bleeding: This varies on many factors- some medications effect blood clotting; difficulty of surgical removal, skill of surgeon & whether or not suturing closes flap completely or partially. Initial clotting should be up to about 10 minutes, some oozing may be expected for hours, irritation to clot from eating, brushing, flossing, tongue may induce slight bleeding even days later. Call your own dentist if ? ...Read more

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What to do if I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do if I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Numbness: How long ago was the wisdom tooth extraction? There can be some trauma to the nerve during wisdom tooth extraction and this can take some time to heal. Call the extracting dentist or oral surgeon about this and they will be able to answer your questions and follow your healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness (Definition)

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more