After a root canal on an abscessed tooth, my jaw started swelling; dentist had to open abscess. The numb-ness has never left. Dentist says swelling has compressed nerve. It has been a month and numbness is still there. Will numbness go away, or is it permanent? Could he have damaged another nerve?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 05 - April - 2011, at 19:28 PM

  • Sometimes because of abscess the nerves do get compress and numbness is there but this numbness should go once the abscess is treated. It may take from 3 weeks to 6 weeks for numbness to go and sensation to come back. If your root canal is done and abscess is healed so you can waint for another week or two and if it does not come within 6 weeks  the you should call your dentist to see whether the abscess is fully drained or not. For more info on tooth abscess you can read this article...

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