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Numbness of chin after root canal

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Posted by: weeziewu  (7 years ago)
About a month ago, I went in to get a root canal on tooth #19. The procedure went well and a week later, I went back to get the crown fitting. About 5 days after that, I noticed that the left side of my chin was numb and that the teeth next to the affected tooth felt "tight" and "crowded". I went back to my dentist who said he didn't understand why I was experiencing the numbness since he had not done any type of surgery. He gave me antibiotics and a steroid treatment and told me to come back in a week. I went back, but the numbness is still there. He took an xray which did not show any infection and he said it didn't show that the filling was impinging on a nerve. He told me to wait and see. It has now been a month since the initial root canal and my chin is still numb, and the teeth still feel crowded and tight. Please advise me! I don't know whether to sit tight and wait for it to resolve itself or to go to another dentist to seek a second opinion. The crown was made, but has not yet been put on my tooth. I have only the temporary on. The dentist did say that if it did not feel better, he would have to extract the tooth :(
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About a month ago, I went in to get a root canal on tooth #19. The procedure went well and a week later, I went back to get the crown fitting. About 5 days after that, I noticed that the left side of my chin was numb and that the teeth next to the affected tooth felt "tight" and "crowded". I went back to my dentist who said he didn't understand why I was experiencing the numbness since he had not done any type of surgery. He gave me antibiotics and a steroid treatment and told me to come back in a week. I went back, but the numbness is still there. He took an xray which did not show any infection and he said it didn't show that the filling was impinging on a nerve. He told me to wait and see. It has now been a month since the initial root canal and my chin is still numb, and the teeth still feel crowded and tight. Please advise me! I don't know whether to sit tight and wait for it to resolve itself or to go to another dentist to seek a second opinion. The crown was made, but has not yet been put on my tooth. I have only the temporary on. The dentist did say that if it did not feel better, he would have to extract the tooth :(

The fact that the numbness did not come until the crown preparation might mean that there was a direct strike on the nerve during the injection. Did you feel anything like an electric shock when you were injected?

If that is what is is, there is nothing you can do but wait. Feeling make take six months to return.

The feeling of crowding between your lower teeth I cannot explain. It is not a usual symptom of a nerve strike.
Posted 7 years ago
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