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Dental Anesthesia

Novocaine persistence

03/17/2009

Question:

I had 3 implants (first stage) done on Feb 2, 2009 in my lower jaw (molars- 2 on left, one on right, plus a crown on the right premolar. I had a lot of anesthetic for the implant procedure. Now, 6 weeks later, I still have partial numbness on the right side of my lower jaw. It has largely gone in my lip area, but persists in several teeth to this day- not extreme numbness, but noticeably numb nonetheless. Can anything be done about this condition? Is is hazardous or indicative of nerve damage? thanks.

Answer:

This could be due to either the surgery or the local anesthesia. The fact that the lip numbness has resolved implies that this is healing. Still, you should notify your surgeon that you have unresolved numbness so that this can be evaluated.

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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