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Dental Anesthesia



I am 58 yrs old and in very good health. Two months ago I had a cavity filled in a back molar and had two or three shots of novacaine. About a week or two after that I noticed a change in my bite. My teeth had made a slight change in alignment. Is there any chance that nerve damage from the injection of novacaine could alter the jaw and bite pattern?


No, especially not with the history you have related. You should contact your dentist as this may be a problem with the jaw joint and associated muscles or with the filling. Usually, this can be resolved quickly in this type of situation. 

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