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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 recovery: Tingling can certainly be a sign of nerve recovery, but it is not a guarantee of full recovery. You will need to take it day by day. Neurontin (gabapentin) can help symptoms of nerve pain, but does not promote nerve recovery. An over-the-counter b-complex vitamin once daily can help with nerve recovery if you are deficient. Nerve recovery can take up to 6-9 months after injury in the mouth. ...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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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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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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Are there any medications or treatment for lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I've got burning sensation and pain in my tongue and gum

Time and: Hopefully, this will resolve over time. There is considerable swelling and local trauma to your jaw at present. Have you tried ibuprofen or the other anti-inflammatory meds ? Also consider discussing gabapentin with your doctor. This may calm the nerves at bit.. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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