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FAQ:  Numbness

  • Enunciation problems and thick feeling lips after dental work: Two weeks ago I had exploratory oral surgery around tooth #15 and tooth #21 was extracted. #21's location was slow to heal, but after three antibiotics, now looks good. The problem is that my lips, especially the upper lip, feel thick, and I am having some trouble enunciating. Also there are occasional pins and needles. Is this a temporary result of the Lidocaine, or due to the missing #21 (which will be replaced in about two months by a bridge. Is there anything I can do to fix this? ...Visitor from RI     (answer)

  • Direct tooth pain - facial numbness: I have seen my PCP doctor; the radiating pain down my jaw has gotten bad. My face is numb and only 1 tooth hurts. I just finished a round of Zithromax last week and now it has become worse, but they don't believe it's my tooth. I also have horrible headaches. Any suggestions or should I go see another doctor? No signs of gum swelling, but face is swelling and I've had a lot of problems with the ear. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Dental shot still causes tingling after 6 months: Approximately 6 months ago, my dentist replaced a mercury filling with a bonded one in my lower left molar (next to last tooth). In the process of numbing the area, he needed to give me 3 shots of novacaine for it to take. I felt a strange feeling in my mouth after the first shot. Since then, I have had a strange tingling sensation in my upper lip and also have a continuous salty taste in my mouth. I have been to an ENT doctor and he has assured me based on catscans and physical examination that there is no problem with my sinuses. Is it possible that my dentist could have hit a nerve that could be causing this sensation. If so, is there anything I can do about it? Will it ever heal? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Dental shot feels like electrical shock: A couple of days ago I went to the dentist to have a cavity filled. While giving me the needle to numb my mouth, the dentist hit a nerve that gave me what felt like an electrical shock (the tooth he was fixing was on the lower left side of my mouth). Yesterday I was fine, but when I woke up this morning at 7am, I noticed that below my lip on the lower left side, in the part of the lip you can like pull away from your mouth, the flabby part, (not as far back as where the needle was given to me)is numb when I yawn or open my mouth. Could this be caused for the needle hitting my nerve? Will this go away? It is really annoying and I am scared of what could be wrong. Please give me your opinion. I appreciate it. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

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