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My name is ***** ***** im aged 50.Nine weeks ago I had a

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HI my name is ***** ***** im aged 50.Nine weeks ago I had a difficult surgical 2nd molar extraction, it took 1 hour, and as I wasn't expecting that, it was traumatic, without sedation ect.......Three weeks ago my extraction site was still feeling numb with a horrid anaesthetic taste, also burning tongue mouth sensation, which seems to becoming more bothersome daily. Alsi I have developed TMJ since the extraction. I suffer asthma and M.E so I had the extraction done at my NHS hospital by a young dentist who app works there a few days a week. I have returned 3 times to the hospital and they just say give it time....... THEY DIDNT OFFER ANY MEDICATIONS TO HELP ME OR SUGGEST FURTHER TESTS, when I said I will go to my G.p then as I cant cope with this, they advice me not too! Thow I have decided to see my Doctor next week when my husband can attend with me , as im also finding talking and eating difficult, im not blaming the dentist at all, I simply want advice and help and corrections if needed, if it is nerve damage .I HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHICH ECT ....thankyou kind regards Angela
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Stewart Shernan replied 6 months ago.
Hello Angela, I'm sorry you've had a traumatic experience. I can only speculate, of course, without xrays of your current condition. But your description is quite helpful. If you have numbness, I suspect there was some nerve damage. This can happen during an extraction procedure. And nerve damage can take months to heal. Generally, sensation gradually returns and numbness disappears. But it can be a long, frustrating experience. Sometimes steroids are used to promote healing. Your TMJ symptoms are not surprising, given the trauma and length of the extraction process.An extraction can also change your "bite", or "occlusion". This can result in an imbalanced occlusion which may require adjustment to alleviate your TMJ symptoms. Stress can also contribute to TMJ. Your dentist might consider making a night guard to help ease your symptoms. I'm not sure why you have the unpleasant taste. I suspect that once complete healing occurs, that too will resolve. But I think it would be wise to see a dentist who is committed to addressing your extraction issue. Physicians are wonderful, essential health care providers. And your physician may prove more helpful than the follow up care you've received so far - I hope so. But physicians are generally not as knowledgeable about dental / oral issues such as yours. Please let me know if you need additional information to answer your question. Otherwise I'd very much appreciate a positive rating for my effort. That is how I am paid for my work here. Be well, Dr Shernan
Expert:  Stewart Shernan replied 6 months ago.
Do you need additional information to answer your question ? Otherwise I'd very much appreciate a positive rating for my effort. That is how I am paid for my work here.Be well,Dr Shernan