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Plates on face. Teeth, face feels like freezing blocks of ice. No infection. Lasts for rest of life?

My daughter is now 32 ..two years ago she was attacked..as a result had plates in face..the eye one got infected an Woz removed..but now she is back on oramorph etc..is in agony..the dentist said teeth are o.k even though she had wires an splints on them for a time being..she said it feels like her teeth an face r on freezing blocks of ice..there is no infection this time...will this last for the rest of her life.?
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,
After reading your history i can say your daughter has met with a severe trauma to the facial hard and soft tissues and such type of injuries difinitly takes time to heal.

facial fractures and plating is done for about 45 days depending upon the healing process.

oral splinting is done to stabalize the teeth and immobalize them ,this could take some time.

Feeling of freezing is due to damage of the nerve fibres during the trauma which leads to numbness .

This numbness is definitly temporary and will be fine as the wound heals so dont worry.

i hope this information is helpful,
get well soon,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,

After reading your history i can say your daughter has met with a severe trauma to the facial hard and soft tissues and such type of injuries difinitly takes time to heal.

facial fractures and plating is done for about 45 days depending upon the healing process.

oral splinting is done to stabalize the teeth and immobalize them ,this could take some time.

Feeling of freezing is due to damage of the nerve fibres during the trauma which leads to numbness .

This numbness is definitly temporary and will be fine as the wound heals so dont worry.

i hope this information is helpful,
get well soon,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend,
i can very well understand your agony . it seems the wound comprise of facial hard and soft tissue ,
one more thing is evident here, your daughter has nerve injury too.

the filling of freezing is due to numbness. don't worry nerves take several weeks to heal. as the wound start healing she will feel better.

also see a dentist to make sure that her maxilla is intact, as the fractured maxilla can cause pressure on nerves and further damage it.

generally plating is done for around seven to eight weeks.

oral splinting is done to stabilize the teeth and immobilize them. just take care that there should be no further infection.

be positive and be optimistic . i am sure with time, it will heal, and she will be fine.
thanx
Answered: Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
Hi,
Welcome to the forum.
When someone gets a blow to the face it is common for them to experience a temporary numbness due to trauma and swelling in the soft tissue of the face. If numbness persists it may be that you have a bone fracture where you sustained to trauma.
You may want to visit an oral surgeon to have an evaluation just to be safe.
As to the teeth involved, it is good that they are not loose and have no bleeding. You should follow up on your symptoms. Get an Xray taken of the area where you received the blow
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
You can contct me directly through my profile.
Regards.
Dr Neha Gupta
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi,
Welcome to the forum.
Yes you might have nerve damage; this is why you are feeling numbness. The amount of recovery you will have depends on how badly you injured the nerve. You could lose feeling forever or total feeling could come back. It can take several weeks for a nerve to heel. Regardless, you should see a doctor and make sure you havent fractured your maxilla (cheek bone), which could be pressing on the nerve and causing further irreversible damage.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Regards.
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
HELLO,

Thanks for the query.

There is chance of nerve damage or any hairline fracture still existing.

Visit an oral -maxillofacial surgeon and get clinical and radiological examination to rule out the cause.

If necessary,splinting has to be done again.

Avoid intake of heavy solid foods to prevent jaw mobilisation .

I would suggest you to avoid extended mouth opening.

REGARDS
DR.BINDIYA
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Rahul Banerjee's  Response
hello lynnloach,
sorry to hear about your daughter Numbness( which your daughter describe as freezing blocks of ice)after trauma usually is a manifestation of trauma to supporting or adjacent tissues. It will go of with times.
thank you
Dr.Rahul Banerjee
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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