Seven days after wisdom teeth out and my chins still numb

I had my wisdom teeth out a week ago and I was put to sleep and woke up with my mouth frozen. Everything went away except my chin and my bottom lip, they’re still numb. It’s really frustrating and I was wondering if that’s normal and when it will go away or what I can do to speed up the process.

Thanks, Darren

Dear Darren,

One of the risks of having lower wisdom teeth extracted is numbness. It sounds like you are experiencing a condition known as paresthesia. This is an altered feeling or sensation to an area. Your numbness can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months before you get full feeling back. The mandibular nerve probably was irritated, inflamed, or bruised during the surgery. If you are experiencing any tingling that’s a good sign that the nerve may be on its way back to healing. Occasionally the nerve never returns to normal because of the trauma done to the nerve which is caused by the roots of the wisdom tooth lying too close to the nerve. If the mandibular is severed the feeling may never return, however this is rare. Time will tell, but we advise you to visit your oral surgeon after a few weeks for a follow-up on this matter.

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Top front tooth sore after being hit?

Last night my dog’s head came into blunt contact with my top front tooth. It hurt right away. This morning it feels sore, has a dull ache, and I would rate it a 2 in regards to pain. It is slightly loose. How long will it feel sore? Will it turn gray? Will the tooth tighten back up or always be loose? If it begins to hurt more I will go to my dentist.

Thanks, Liz

Dear Liz,

It is highly recommended that you see your dentist as soon as you can to have your tooth evaluated. Blunt force on a tooth with your symptoms could mean the nerve of the tooth is damaged or the tooth has a fractured root. Teeth do turn gray overtime when the nerve of the tooth dies, however you would want to get to the dentist before that happens. If the nerve of the tooth is affected your dentist will most likely recommend a root canal and dental crown to save the tooth. Even though your tooth is slightly loose it will probably tighten back up shortly unless there is a severe fracture that’s causing it to become loose. If the tooth has damage the soreness will not go away until you take care of it, however if there is no damage then your symptoms should diminish over the next week.

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