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Face and Jaw Surgery

My tongue is still numb

04/19/2005

Question:

I had a cavity filled two weeks ago and my tongue is still numb on the same side as the filling was put in. How long will it take for the tongue to get back to normal

Answer:

There are a number of different reasons why something like this may occur: the type of anesthetic used, the injection technique itself, the instruments used for retraction, etc.  However, regardless of the mechanism, most of these clinical scenarios tend to return to normal  function after a period of time.  Most patients experience resolution within 2 to 4 weeks.  However, other patients may take up to 6 to 12 months to resolve.  Where you will fall in this is hard to predict without close monitoring during the acute phase of resolution.

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Response by:

Guillermo  E Chacon, DDS Guillermo E Chacon, DDS
Formerly:
Associate Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University