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Numbness 2 weeks post tooth removal

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2007
  • 01:13 AM

I took out my upper wisdom tooth about 2 weeks ago. It was uneventful, simple, and there was never any pain or soreness afterwards.

Now, for the last 2 days I have numbness as if I have a novacaine shot. The dentist insists this is impossible because only the lower wisdom teeth have this issue, never the upper ones.

Not only do i have this numbness (which just subsided a few min ago), I had two weird stuttering episodes last week as i was waking up. The dentist suggests this may have been a mini stroke.

Who else has had this? I am so lost.

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  • It's definitely not numbness from the wisdom tooth because the nerve that would cause the problem is, in fact, located on the mandible (jaw). The risk of permanent numbness is when the bottom wisdom teeth are removed and the nerve is severed: sometimes is will reattach, sometimes its permanent. Where is the numb feeling? Is it your entire mouth, is it your lips, is it the same side as the removed tooth? Was your tooth impacted? Did you have a local anesthetic? How old are you? Any family history of heart problems, high blood pressure? Have you been under a lot of stress?It's possible that your episodes have indeed been a mini-stroke as that can produce numbness and stuttering. Ask a doctor for a CT Scan and/or MRI of your brain to check for anything out of the ordinary. Have the radiologist extend the region down to the neck so that your mouth can also be looked at.
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