Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
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.

Helpful Tips

Bone loss in gums
If you are experiencing bone loss in the gums and their is no pathology, What can be done to stop bone loss. More
Was this Helpful?
0 of 0 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit Dr. Kaufman's website