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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Gum pain following removal of wisdom teeth

03/10/2009

Question:

I had 3 wisdom teeth removed on 3/6/09. My 2 bottom ones and upper right one. It has been five days and the only pain I feel is in my gums. It feels as if I am continually being poked by needles and my back teeth still feel numb. My oral surgeon looked in my mouth today and said I do not have an infecton and has never heard of the symptoms I am displaying. He is assuming it is a dry socket. He has since packed the socket but I fell absolutely no relief in my gums. I am wondering if this is an odd effect of the novacain? Please help!

Answer:

This sounds like a surgical issue rather than an anesthetic one. It is possible that this is a minor nerve injury from local anesthesia but the distribution of your symptoms would not suggest this as a primary possibility.

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Response by:

Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS
Formerly, Clinical Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University