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Does a dental abscess cause tongue numbness?

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Can a dental abscess cause tongue numbness. It's under my tongue.
Posted Fri, 1 Dec 2017 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, on affected side.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the query..

A dental abscess can cause pressure over the nerve endings causing numb feeling in the affected area..

At times due to inflammation and swelling also there is a numb sensation..

Please provide following details so that I can guide you better.
-Is the numbness only on the side where you have abscess?
-Is there swelling present?
-Is the numbness anywhere else too?
-Since how long is it numb?

Please revert back with answers..

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Follow-up: Does a dental abscess cause tongue numbness? 11 minutes later
The numbness is on just one side of my tongue on the side where the abscess it and it is swelled only on that one side underneath and it's only been about 24 hours that it's been numb. I have been on Amoxicillin for 5 days now
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 54 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Do not worry,it is due to infection..

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back.

The numbness and swelling both is due to infection only..
Do not worry, get the tooth treated.
As the infection will subside the numbness will also resolve..

Hope this helps..

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