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Suggest treatment for numbness on the face

On tuesday I had my first ever filling along with a cleaning on the right side of my face. The needles they gave me were not working to properly to numb the area so they gave me plenty more(I had about 10 needles in the course of 2hrs) My face on one side was completely numb to the point where I looked like I had a stroke, and was very swollen as well and I noticed I no longer had my dimple on that side. It is now saturday(4 days later) and although the swelling has gone down and there is no more numbness, it still hurts just alittle bit when i smile and my dimple on that side is still not back... My dimples are one thing I really liked about myself....Is it gone for good? Will it come back? Why has this happend? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
Thu, 20 Jul 2017
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Hi..
Thanks for the query...

It looks like the dimple is not yet back due to edema still present on that side due to multiple injections for anaesthesia..

Do not worry as the numbness and swelling is already reduced so there is no complication that can be thought off..

You should simply do cool compresses on the side of cheek and along with it take anti inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen to get relief..
If the cheek on the inside is sore you can apply Lidocaine gel over it..

Hope this helps..

Regards..
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Suggest treatment for numbness on the face

Hi.. Thanks for the query... It looks like the dimple is not yet back due to edema still present on that side due to multiple injections for anaesthesia.. Do not worry as the numbness and swelling is already reduced so there is no complication that can be thought off.. You should simply do cool compresses on the side of cheek and along with it take anti inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen to get relief.. If the cheek on the inside is sore you can apply Lidocaine gel over it.. Hope this helps.. Regards..