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Numbness: I had 2 wisdom teeth pulled 5 days ago.

Part of my lip and chin is still numb and it tingles and has a burning sensation. Will this go away? ...Visitor from GA

It is not unusual to have some numbness or tingling on your lip or tongue after you have wisdom teeth extracted.

It can be caused by the teeth being very close to he nerve in your jaw, or could also be caused by the shot that was given to numb your mouth. Sometimes swelling can also cause these symptoms.

In either case, the tingling sensation is a good sign that feeling will return to normal. This can take a few days or several weeks depending on the trauma to the nerve. But again, this is not too unusual after wisdom teeth are removed.

I assume you have an appointment for a post-op with the person who extracted the teeth. I would tell him or her the symptoms you are having and they will check the extraction areas to make sure healing is progressing.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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