My face is numb after getting a some teeth extracted.

I have been putting off getting my wisdom teeth forever. But my dentist wouldn’t leave me alone about it, so I worked up the courage to go ahead with the extractions. The night before the procedure, I was so worked up, I didn’t sleep. The dentist used sedation dentistry because I was so anxious.

Everything seemed to go according to plan with the surgery. But it’s been a couple weeks now and I am getting numbness on my chin and lip area. Sometimes I even feel like I get these twitches. When I called the dentist about it, he told me it was normal. Are you sure about that? Is it from the oral sedation or from the procedure?

– Kendra in Missouri


The good news is that what you are describing is indeed normal. It’s understandable to think that the numbness is from the sedation dentistry that was administered. But it’s not. Numbness after the extraction of wisdom teeth, specifically those located on the bottom, are likely the cause of the numbness you are experiencing.

In fact, there is a good chance that in the intake paperwork, this was disclosed as a possibility. Your dentist should have discussed this with you and likely did, your nerves may have gotten in the way to really understanding the potential for this side effect.

Paresthesia is the technical term for the numbness. It is defined as an altered sensation in the area around the extraction site. It is due the nerve located near the lower jawbone. During the extraction, some inflammation or bruising may have occurred which is probably the cause.

This condition can last for as little as a couple days and in some cases it may last for several months. It would be good to keep an eye on the situation and check in with your dentist if the numbness continues. Every once in awhile, the condition remains permanent. But your dentist didn’t sound concerned. So try not to worry too much about it.

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