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Can a tooth abscess cause any other areas around it to feel

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Can a tooth abscess cause any other areas around it to feel numb?
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Yes-- this is particularly true in the upper front teeth and the lower premolar areas, where the root tips of the teeth are positioned closely to the regional sensory nerves. The abscess can compress the nearby nerve trunks, leading to impairment of sensory function. Resolution of the dental infection usually brings prompt return of normal sensation.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Hi...thank you but it is not in the upper front or premolar areas. It is in the back, upper, right molar. However, there is no abscess. Cofirmed, by dentist today. The numbness is more of sensation than numbness. It feels like when novocaine is wearing off after dental work has been done. I have feeling in the area, however the sensation extends from the under the right side of the nose, to the right side of the lip, to the right edge of the tongue, to right side of the chin and right mid cheek. Same side as my toothache had been. I do thank you so much for your answer, but I guess I need more information, if available. If not let me know and I will accept your answer so you may get paid. Thank you, again.
Dear <a href=""Customer

Although a dental infection can account for numbness along the distribution of a sensory nerve that passes through it, there are certainly a wide variety of other things that could account for numbness, both organic/structural and neurological.

The diagnostic problem here is that your description of the numbness does not correspond to the distribution of any one nerve. For example, the first two involved structures you cite (the skin to the right side of the nose and right side of the lip) corresponds to the infraorbital nerve, whereas the side of the tongue, chin, and cheek are supplied by a different nerve division altogether. Unless there is some obvious infection, injury, allergy, or other organic disorder that involves all these areas, this would suggest a more central rather than peripheral cause, and this would make a consultation with a neurologist a good idea if the symptoms persist for more than a week.

Good luck!
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