Post-Operative Numbness

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What causes paresthesia?

The nerves that give sensation to the lip, chin, gums, teeth, and tongue are very close to where your dentistry was performed. When these nerves are disturbed during dentistry or the administration of local anesthesia, they may not function normally. It is important to note that these nerves affect sensation only, not movement. Therefore, you may feel numb or your food may taste different, but the affected areas should move normally. You should be able to smile, speak, and chew as usual.

How long will paresthesia last?

The duration of paresthesia is unpredictable. It may last weeks, months, or, in rare cases, it may be permanent.

What is the treatment for paresthesia?

Paresthesia usually gets better by itself over time. You may notice tingling or other sensations while your nerves are repairing. On the other hand, your sensation may return so gradually that you might not be aware of any improvement. It is possible that all or some of your sensation will return.

In closing…

We hope that this addresses some of the concerns you may have about paresthesia. We know that paresthesia can be upsetting, and we want you to understand your condition so that we can work together to develop the best treatment plan for you.

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