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Extended Swelling and Numbness

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Posted by: sarahr  (8 years ago)
I had a root canal three days ago and still have to return next week for the crown. Midway through the procedure, I had a sharp pain go through the left side of my cheek. I didn't think much of it thinking it was just tweaked from having my mouth open for an extended period of time. The swelling has not gone down at all on the left side of my face and the skin is numb and tingling when touched. I've had other root canals done in the past and this is the first time I've had this issue. Now I'm thinking it had something to do with the original injection. Am I destined to look like half a chipmunk face for the rest of my life?
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I had a root canal three days ago and still have to return next week for the crown. Midway through the procedure, I had a sharp pain go through the left side of my cheek. I didn't think much of it thinking it was just tweaked from having my mouth open for an extended period of time. The swelling has not gone down at all on the left side of my face and the skin is numb and tingling when touched. I've had other root canals done in the past and this is the first time I've had this issue. Now I'm thinking it had something to do with the original injection. Am I destined to look like half a chipmunk face for the rest of my life?

You did not say whether it was the upper or lower arch. What probably happened is a direct strike on the neurovascular bundle during injection. This was a random chance event and nobody's fault. Your face probably swelled via the exit of blood from an arteriole. Unless you are dark-skinned, you may begin to show some bruising.

Numbness or prickly sensations are common after direct nerve strikes. The swelling will go down within 2 weeks, but the numbness may take as long as 6 months to go away. There is nothing to be done that will change any of this. You just were the unlucky person on which all this happened.
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