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How Long Does Numbness Last After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Nov 30, 2023oral surgery

How long does numbness last after wisdom teeth removal?

The duration of numbness varies from 3 months to a year, with the majority of cases being resolved within 6 months. As stated earlier, the healing process of nerve tissue is time-consuming, thus requiring patience on your part as your body recuperates following the procedure.

At present, you may be experiencing significant discomfort in your teeth. The probable reason behind this could be an unexpected emergence of a wisdom tooth. There is also a likelihood that it may lead to severe agony in your oral cavity. Excessive pain due to dental problems eventually manifests and prompts patients to seek urgent intervention from dental healthcare providers.

Upon experiencing unbearable pain from your wisdom tooth, the dentist has informed you that extracting it is inevitable. To ensure a pain-free procedure, they will inject a local anesthetic in your mouth as part of their pain management treatment. This may result in temporary numbness of the lips and chin region post-operation.

 

Understanding the Reasons Behind Numbness After Wisdom Teeth Removal

The possibility of experiencing numbness post dental treatment is commonly dictated by the structure and makeup of your teeth. Generally, numbness arises in the lower jaw region owing to the presence of a vital nerve that closely runs alongside the end of your lower wisdom teeth.

The Inferior Alveolar Nerve is responsible for supplying sensory receptors to the lips, gums, teeth, and surrounding areas. During the extraction of wisdom teeth, it is possible for this nerve to undergo damage or pressure resulting in paresthesia, manifested as numbness. The condition usually results in numbness around the lips and chin with occasional involvement of the cheek area.

The occurrence of numbness can be attributed to yet another prominent contributor, which is inflammation in the region where the wisdom teeth were extracted. As a consequence of pulling out the teeth, the blood vessels in this location dilate. While this dilation facilitates the healing process, it may also pressurize the nerve tissue situated in the area, leading to numbness.

The temporary numbness that arises due to a certain cause is resolved within a span of few months. The reason behind the prolonged period required for the numbness to heal is due to the fact that nerve tissues require some time to recover as compared to other tissues in the body.

It’s important to keep in mind that even when nerves are damaged, there is no cause for worry. The body has a remarkable ability to self-repair, and in the majority of cases, complete recovery can be expected.

 

Do complications arise after wisdom teeth removal?

In the medical field, unexpected outcomes or complications can arise during any given procedure. Undergoing a Wisdom Tooth Extraction may result in various complications for patients. These complications include harm to the sensory nerve responsible for providing sensation to the tongue and lips, sinus communication, dry sockets, and infections.

Following the procedure, our skilled assistants will thoroughly go over the post-operative instructions with your designated escort. We urge you to diligently adhere to these instructions, as they are essential to providing optimal comfort and care throughout your recovery period. Upon receiving sedation, you will experience comfort and drowsiness before being discharged from the facility.

It is advisable for patients to refrain from heavy activities and opt for rest at home for a few days. As with any medical procedure, unforeseen outcomes may arise. Possible post-operative complications of oral surgery are delayed wound healing, infection, and sensory disturbances such as numbness or tingling in the lip, chin, or tongue. During your follow-up appointment, your oral surgeon will discuss any relevant occurrences since the procedure and provide you with answers to any questions you may have.

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