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What causes numbness and locking of jaw post wisdom tooth extraction?

I just removed my left upper and bottom wisdom teeth last Tue. Today is the 8th day. I'm still suffering from a locked jaw and numb, burning tongue on the left side after removing the stitch yesterday, affecting my ability to taste, eat and speak properly. Dentist said that the nerve might have been broken. Any idea how long this will take to recover and what I can do to quicken the healing process?
Mon, 29 Sep 2014
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Hello, Thank you for consulting with HCM.
Actually when there is removal of wisdom tooth , it takes atleast 10 days in complete healing.
Even you should start with a muscle relaxant with antibiotics and painkillers. As this will help in mouth opening.
If it does not relieves after that also then you should get an x-ray done to see for any nerve damage.
Hope it will help you.
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What causes numbness and locking of jaw post wisdom tooth extraction?

Hello, Thank you for consulting with HCM. Actually when there is removal of wisdom tooth , it takes atleast 10 days in complete healing. Even you should start with a muscle relaxant with antibiotics and painkillers. As this will help in mouth opening. If it does not relieves after that also then you should get an x-ray done to see for any nerve damage. Hope it will help you.