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My face is still numb five days after fillings,please help!

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Posted by: x10der  (5 years ago)
Hi there!

I went to the dentist for two fillings five days ago. He gave me one shot of Novocaine on the lower right side. Until now, my face is still numb. I feel like my mouth, tongue and cheek are paralyzed. I can't curl my tongue and I also noticed that my eyelid does not shut all the way. How long is this gonna last? Is there any way that I can do to get rid of some of the numbness? I appreciate your help!
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Posted by: Selena23  (5 years ago)
Hello!

It is normal to have an extended numbness with some injections. It usually go away in a week or so. Monitor your situation for another week, if there is no improvement, consult your dentist.
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Posted by: moonlit  (5 years ago)
Dear x10der,

Numbness of the tongue and lips after a dental work can take a few days to several weeks. This can be caused by the amount of drug that was given to numb your gums and nerve when they drill your tooth for the fillings. I assume you have an appointment for a post-op with your dentist. Tell him the symptoms you are having so he can check you out. I hope that I helped.:-)
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Posted by: naturelover4  (2 months ago)
Prolonged numbness from anesthetic is not typical, but it can happen. I work in a dental office and have known a couple of patients that have experienced this. It causes them great concern - I assume they are afraid it will never clear up - but all I can tell them is that it will just take time to go away. It can be days, weeks or months; there is no way to tell. And there's nothing the dentist can do to fix it. So yes, call your dentist if this happens, but know that all he or she can do is offer reassurance that the numbness will eventually go away.
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Hi there!

I went to the dentist for two fillings five days ago. He gave me one shot of Novocaine on the lower right side. Until now, my face is still numb. I feel like my mouth, tongue and cheek are paralyzed. I can't curl my tongue and I also noticed that my eyelid does not shut all the way. How long is this gonna last? Is there any way that I can do to get rid of some of the numbness? I appreciate your help!


The symptoms are typical of a direct strike on the inferior alveolar nerve, but the eyelid drooping is the part that makes no sense at all. Healing after paraesthesia is unpredictable. Six months is the upper limit of how long it will take to heal. Usually things return to normal way before this.

This was a weird random event and not in any way the fault of your dentist. You just have to pray and be patient! Nothing can be done to expedite nerve healing.
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