Molar #31 extracted 11-14-2011. After local anesthetics wore off, right side and tip of tongue numb and continued to be so. Starts out as mild in a.m.; becomes like a burning by late in day. Saw oral surgeon 11-23, and described it as a "burning" Didn't use the word numb, so he said it couldn't be nerve damage "if it wasn't numb." Going back tomorrow 11-25 with a few articles that describe what I feel. What kind of response should I expect from him? Linda

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 25 - November - 2011, at 04:13 AM

  • Numbness and burning sensation after tooth extraction can be because of nerve injury which occurs during tooth extraction and nerve if injured regenerates in 3weeks to 6 months of time depending on extent of damage. Roots of lower molars are close to the nerve which when traumatized causes numbness and burning sensation. Burning sensation might be because of burning mouth syndrome which can occur because of anxiety and depression, dry mouth, hormonal changes or nutritional deficiencies. If numbness and burning sensation is because of nerve damage, then corticosteroids may or may not be given to you. Numbness because of nerve injury usually regresses on its own in some time. For more info on complications after tooth extraction, refer to…

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