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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does numbness in the mouth after tooth extraction indicate?

I had a deep rooted wisdom tooth removed but they gave me amoxicillin after instead of before. The root is very infected I went back to the dentist and he gave me metronidazole. I am now taking both but I have had numb mouth since which was 4 days ago is this normal
Sat, 17 Feb 2018
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Thanks for the query..

Numbness in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction is commonly due to nerve injury post extraction as the inferior dental nerve lies very close to the roots of the wisdom tooth.

It can get injured while extraction causing numbness..

If the nerve injury is not severe then the numbness can resolve in a few days to a few weeks..

But in case if nerve is completely severed then the numbness can be permanent..

You should consult an Oral Surgeon and get evaluated so that appropriate scanning can be done to see what is the condition of the nerve..

Depending on this you can be advised further..

Hope this helps..

Dr.Honey Arora.
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