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    Numbness following dental surgery
    An_249202 posted:
    After having dental surgery my lower lip is numb. The feeling never returned. It's been 4 months now and its still numb. What should I do.
    Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
    Dear An_249202:
    I am sorry to hear of your situation. You MUST talk to your dentist. This is a problem that is unfortunate, yet it does happen. I do not know what was done and it sounds as if the injury is permanent, yet you have to talk to your dentist and see an oral surgeon for a second opinion.
    In certain situations some sensation can return, and the body starts to compensate.
    I, unfortunately, cannot give you any more information.
    Best of luck,
    Dr. Zev Kaufman
    An_249202 replied to Zev Kaufman, DDS's response:
    Dear Dr Kaufman,

    Thank you for your advice and concern.
    I have seen a specialist for a second opinion of the numbness. He said if the feeling hasn't returned by 6 months its likely that it will never return .It is approaching the 6 month deadline.

    However, that is not my greatest concern. Two days after the surgery I began to feel a sharp pain in my teeth, jaw and lower facial area..

    I was referred to an endodontists for evaluation of a possible root canal. He assured me that my teeth were fine and I did not need a root canal. He diagnosed me with Trigeminal Neuraligia.

    My question is does this condition ever go away?

    I was given Tegratol 100mgs am and pm. So far I
    still have the sharp pains in my lower jaw and facial area.

    In your opinion was this caused by incompetence.

    My dentist referred me to him saying he was a good oral surgeon?
    I'm beginning to wonder if the oral surgeon is as competent as my dentist says he is.

    Do you have any suggestions for me? What should I do next?

    Thank you for your help.

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