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Child has swollen cheek after pulling out baby tooth. Now cheek numbness. What to do next?

my daughter is 9 year old , two weeks ago , she pulled out one of her baby tooth on the left side of her lower jaw . The next day , she had some swelling on her left cheek which last for 2 days . after this incedent , her left side of her cheek didn t react while eating , smiling or speaking , it problem has been existed for two weeks and the doctor whom i consulted told me that it may takes few months to recover , nothing can be done . please advise me what shall i do next . thanks in advance .
Asked On : Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thank you for your query.

Following natural removal of baby teeth swelling and numbness of cheek does not occur unless the site has been infected. If numbness of the cheek is persisting then you need to consult your dentist and know the exact problem. If need be you may seek a second opinion to exclude other causes for numbness of the cheek.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your daughter all the best.


Answered: Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician Dr. Sudha Shree Venkataraman's  Response

In some kids, nerves close to the tooth can be damaged when the tooth is pulled out.
This may result in temporary sensory loss in the areas supplied by those nerves.
It is usually temporary and gets okay on its own as the nerve regenerates.
It may take few weeks to few months.
So do not worry, nothing to be done for that.
Just continue with her normal healthy diet.

Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Sometimes if the nerve is in close proximity of the extracted tooth gets damaged, goes in transient paralysis, it can be due to damage to the nerve at the time of giving local anesthesia or extraction.

Dont worry it will get healed in some time.
Healing of nerve is a slow process and usually takes 3-6 months.

You give your child multivitamin suplements.
Maintain a good oral hygiene.
Give her lukewarm saline nad antiseptic mouthwash rinses.

Wish her a healthy recovery,

Answered: Mon, 19 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
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After going through the entire description, I am of the opinion that the cause for
your cheek numbness may be due to nerve damage.

First thing you need to do is relax. This doesn't seem to be a serious and your daughter will be likely to be fine in a few days to few months.

You should visit the dentist for second opinion.
Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful.
Answered: Mon, 19 Aug 2013
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