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Orthognathic Surgery FAQ Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Numbness after orthognathic surgery: I had jaw surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago. My chin and lip are still numb.

My doctor says give it time since I'm older, 45 years old. It tingles all the time but no feeling comes back. Should I just keep waiting or can something be done? ... Visitor from NY

Answer:
Numbness or paresthesia can be permanent and called anesthesia. You can go to an oral surgeon to be evaluated and tracked for a period of time and then you can discuss surgical options to repair the nerve.

This doesn't always work either. You can give it time and see if progress occurs but if after 2.5 years it has stopped there is probably not a great prognosis for further repair - hopefully I am wrong.

Possible steroid injections could be tried or systemic steroids but again they may do nothing and do have risks associated with their use.

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Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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