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Experience:  Board certified general Adult Neurologist, with experience in experimental neuroimaging and neurodiagnostics.
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What is the medical protocol to treating loss of feeling in

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What is the medical protocol to treating loss of feeling in my lip and jaw after extraction of
lower wisdom tooth
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 7 months ago.

Hello. Welcome to JA. How long has your jaw been numb?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
since 3/11/16
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 7 months ago.

Well at this point the most likely cause is neuropraxis of the inferior alveolar nerve. The nerve is swollen from either infection, the anesthetic, a combination. This causes local conduction block and as the environment around the nerve improved through healing, sensation should come back. Steroids are a consideration so you should ask your dentist/ oral surgeon if that and/ or antibiotics are indicated. But at this point unlikely. It is more a watch and wait. I hope that answers your question. Dr Frank

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