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Dr. Howard Spector
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Half of my tongue is numb after wisdom tooth extraction, is this normal?

Dr. Howard Spector
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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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3 days ago i had my lower horizontal wisdom tooth extraction Since now my half tongue is feels numb and swollen I hv feeling of trickling on tongue ?

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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3 days ago i had my lower horizontal wisdom tooth extraction Since now my half tongue is feels numb and swollen

I hv feeling of trickling on tongue 
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Contact oral surgeon: See your oral surgeon to make sure the nerve damage is transient. You may need to be referred to a microsurgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
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4 days ago i had wisdom tooth extraction Now my half tongue tingling & numb + swollen My doc give medi Neurobion forte & Dexona 5mg plz suggest?

Dr. Charles Kattuah
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4 days ago i had wisdom tooth extraction  
Now my half tongue tingling & numb + swollen

My doc give medi 
Neurobion forte &
Dexona 5mg

 plz suggest?

Lingual nerve damage: The lingual nerve is likely damaged or maybe severed. When wisdom teeth are extracted in the lower jaw this can happen on occasion if the nerve take a path very close to the tooth. If it is damaged it may take months to heal and may not heal completely. If it is severed then this problem will not go away. The meds prescribed are a vitamin (Thiamine) and a steroid (Dexona). Follow up care is needed ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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?

Dr. William Singer
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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?

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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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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What to do if I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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. Prem Gupta
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What can I do about numbness starting weeks after wisdom tooth extraction.?

Dr. Prem Gupta
Board Certified, neurology
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Revisit dentist: Infection or some other pathology in the area could be effecting nearby nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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

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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Dr. Theodore Grellner
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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?

Dr. Theodore Grellner
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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.

Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
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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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