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Lingual nerve damage

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Posted by: paulcindy  (9 years ago)
Hello!

I had my lower wisdom teeth removed about two months ago. The oral surgeon gave me 6 shots during the procedure. Since then, I can no longer feel my tongue. It makes it hard for me to taste anything, eat anything, and talk properly. My inside lower gums on the right side are also still numb. Is this lingual nerve damage? If so, how long will it last? Can it be healed? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Posted by: colorcode  (9 years ago)
Hi there!

Both of you lingual nerves ( nerve that goes to your tongue) were damaged if your entire tongue is numb. If your lingual nerve is slightly bruised, it can recover within a month, if it is severely bruised, it can take about a year or more to heal.
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Posted by: iamtheknight  (9 years ago)
You get lingual nerve damage if the nerve is severed by the incision of the dentist or if it is traumatized during the extraction of the wisdom tooth. This is not permanent. I had nerve damage after a tooth extraction but the feeling came back after a few months. Hopefully you will be fine soon.
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