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Numbness in tongue

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Posted by: eon806  (8 years ago)
Hello everyone,

During my dental visit to have an old filling on my molar replaced, I felt a sudden electric shock sensation that went through my tongue when I was given the numbing shot. A few hours after I reached home, the numbness in my mouth had completely worn off but not in my tongue. It’s been 5 days when this happened and my tongue has not regained normal sensations completely yet. Has anyone experienced this? Will the numbness go away? Thank you.
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Hello everyone,

During my dental visit to have an old filling on my molar replaced, I felt a sudden electric shock sensation that went through my tongue when I was given the numbing shot. A few hours after I reached home, the numbness in my mouth had completely worn off but not in my tongue. It’s been 5 days when this happened and my tongue has not regained normal sensations completely yet. Has anyone experienced this? Will the numbness go away? Thank you.


You experienced a random-chance direct strike on the lingual nerve during the injection. The feeling invariably comes back. It may take as long as six months, but usually returns earlier.
Posted 8 years ago
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I agree with Henrius. The sensation will return to normal, but may take several months. If you have any tingling sensation in your tongue, then it may be quicker to get back to normal. If your tongue is completely numb, it will take longer. If this is the case, you should return to your dentist so that he can "map" the numb area every 4 weeks. This should give you concrete evidence of gradual recovery. Read more about this at www.dental-health-advice.com/numb-tongue.html
Richard from www.dental-health-advice.com
Posted 8 years ago
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