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Numbness in tongue after a wisdom tooth extraction

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Patient
Posted by: deadtooth  (3 years ago)
Hi Doctor!

Last month, I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth removed by my dentist. All of them were partly decayed probably because they are difficult to reach when brushing and flossing. Since the extraction, I have not been able to feel the right side of my tongue. When will the numbness wear off? I sometimes get a sharp pain in my right ear. Could the nerved be damaged? What should I do?

I would really appreciate any advice.
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Hi deadtooth!

It could be that the nerve in your tongue was damaged or even severed during the operation. Depending on the circumstances you may regain the feeling in your tongue again, or it may be gone for good.

Ideally you should talk to your dentist, s/he will be able to tell you exactly what happened. Feeling little tweaks and pinches however is a good sign; that usually signifies an injury, and the healing of the nerve. No sensations whatsoever, along with numbness in the tongue usually means that the nerve was ruptured. You should visit your dentist to find out what the situation is.

All the best!
Posted 3 years ago
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Posted by: deadtooth  (3 years ago)
A big thank you for the info. I will definitely see my dentist about this. I am still hoping to get the feeling in my tongue back.

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