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.
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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