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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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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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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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What can I do about numbness starting weeks after wisdom tooth extraction.?

Revisit dentist: Infection or some other pathology in the area could be effecting nearby nerve. ...Read more

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I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Tooth: May be normal after the extraction. You should discuss it with your surgeon ...Read more

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Are there medications 4 burning & pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth extraction?dovitamin B12 and omega3 heal nerve

Are there medications 4 burning & pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth extraction?dovitamin B12 and omega3 heal nerve

Get a consult: See a pain management specialist. A procedure may need to be done on the nerve itself. These "pop" remedies probably won't help you. ...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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Wisdom tooth extraction, infection in gum. Dentist prescribed 10days of metronidazole500mg. Finished yesterday. Tongue is white. Concerned for thrush?

Wisdom tooth extraction, infection in gum. Dentist prescribed 10days of metronidazole500mg. Finished yesterday. Tongue is white. Concerned for thrush?

It is posible.: Metronidazole is a bactericidal anti-microbial used primarily to treat anaerobic infections and should not be used as a single agent against mix infections like would occur in the oral cavity. It is ineffective against yeast infections (thrush). Any antimicrobial agent can induce thrush by disrupting the normal microbial balance. Therefore you should have it evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more

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Are there any medications/herbs/supplements that help heal lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I suffer from burning and pain in tongue

Are there any medications/herbs/supplements that help heal lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I suffer from burning and pain in tongue

Nerve injury: Yes, Your Oral surgeon may try an antibiotic regimen coupled with a NSAID like para acetophenamen (tylenol). If the nerve was only bruised this often works. If there was an actual serving, a neurologist needs to be consulted. There is a possibility that "Botox" has a side effect to stimulate nerve growth. ...Read more

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