I'm new here but these last few days, I've read nearly every post. I'll explain where I am at right now, and I hope to keep everyone updated during my recovery.
I'm 22 and I got my 4 wisdom teeth removed 6 days ago. The OS warned me that my left side was very close to the nerve, so I most likely would have some damage that would take up to 6 months to heal. I brushed it off, thinking that it wouldn't actually happen. Well of course I was wrong, and whereas most of the anesthetic wore off within a few hours, the left side of my chin and lip stayed numb. It's not completely numb, as I can feel pressure and it's constantly tingling. There is also a tightness and sometimes an itching feeling which is just downright annoying because I can't actually reach it. My front teeth also feel as if they have been crammed together. Basically, all the common symptoms it would seem.
I've been on ibuprofen every 6 hours and on the third day I was put on steroids. I took it for three days and stopped today because I was reacting badly to them. I kind of wish I hadn't stopped though, because people seem to have some success on them. I thought I couldn't relate to the bad pain that others were having because mine has always just been very uncomfortable with a pain level of around 3-4. Turns out that's because I've also been on strong opioids (percocet and dilaudid) for my teeth, which has been controlling the nerve pain. I attempted to go off of them today and I wanted to rip my jaw off. Fun times.
Anywho, I'm still quite swollen so I'm guessing that that plays a huge part in both my overall jaw pain and my nerve pain / numbness. I'll continue taking the ibuprofen and hopefully in a few days I'll be able to bear the chin / lip pain without medication. I'm also taking B12 supplements.
I'm honestly quite positive about my recovery. Not necessarily that it will be quick, easy or painless (both mentally and physically) but I'm trying to look at the bigger picture. If in a year from now I can be 90% healed, I'll be happy. And what is a year, really, in comparison to a lifetime? I hope to look back on this when I'm 35 and say, "Hey, remember that whole year in college when I couldn't feel my mouth and my smile was lopsided in all the pictures? Crazy times, man." and move on with my life.
I'm going back to school tomorrow after summer break, and I plan on not being self conscious but being very open about it to everyone - you just got to own it. My new song is "Can't feel my face" by The Weeknd.
Anyways, I hope I can maintain this positivity throughout, but I'm not too worried about that either. It's all about perspective, do whatever you can to heal, be healthy and let time do the rest.
Good luck to everyone, I'll keep you posted!
Thank you. I actually am not real religious unlike others here. I am a science guy...not saying they are incompatible. When you are dealt a certain circumstance and done all you can do and this would include many worse things like cancer or a debilitating car wreck or spinal cord injury...many worse things as April reminded us...what it really comes down to is faith that you will get better. Another word is hopefulness. When it comes to nerve regrowth and restoration of normal sensation, each one of us have learned that faith is what we hold on to in our quest to return to normal.
You are right to feel angry. All of us have. If you read back through my posts you will learn, I did all the research I could and yet still had my IAN damaged in a hospital with a team of surgeons. In fact, seeing more people come here after my surgery in May suggests that there is something very wrong with the dental industry. The calculation of health improvement by removal of wisdom teeth for a small percentage a.k.a. us, is 'wrong'. This is 2014 and shouldn't be happening. High risk candidates like us with IAN close to the wisdom tooth should be automatic candidates for a less invasive procedure. I will tell you that I am certain 50 years from now this won't happen to anybody.
Meanwhile, I want to leave you with hope. You will recover. I believe you may even go through extreme doubt and perhaps even despair like I did because the recovery period is so long. I have been tracking my breakthroughs and had another last night. I suggest you track your changes for reassurance you are moving forward and getting better. It may even take 2 years for me...I think I am on Starbrite's recovery time line reading her accounts....but because of how things have improved, I am a bit more confident today. So during your recovery, come here for support and or questions and also report when you break out of numbness.as this is an important milestone to the recovery process.
We all understand how you feel and we are here for you.
I am absolutely sure that you will be fine in a few weeks. I know exactly what you're going through. What you described in your original letter is the same as what I felt with the itchy crawly feeling. You feel like it's driving you crazy because you can't feel that area to be able to fix it because of the numbness. Remember though that you've had minor surgery on a part of your body where nerves have been upset, and like every surgery, you have to let the body heal itself. All of a sudden you will wake up and realize that you have a tiny little bit more sensation than you did the day before, and then the next week it will feel like a tiny bit more has come back, and so on and so on. It takes time but the body is a very complex machine. Remember.....the itchy crawly feeling is a good sign! I'll be very interested to hear your progress.
Gives us any hope ?
Did you visit Mayo Clinic and whether they offered you any type of treatment?
Actually I contacted them a while ago and I was given a response that there is no definitive treatment for such traumas to lingual nerve, which is my case, but did they did not give anymore details.
If you have any positive feedback from them please share it with us.
Hi! Here's my story in 2014 I got 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted during surgery I felt this sharp electric shock (I didn't go under) didn't think much of it then I was on mess so the face bing numb I didn't notice it. Until a few day letter while brushing my teeth I had a sharp pain kind of like electric shock or cramp going through my tounge. I knew so,etching was off. I also experienced drippy crawly severe itching the first few weeks. I drank water and it felt like it was coming out of my mouth basically dripping down my chin when In fact wasn't. I experience tightness in chin and teeth feeling pulled,cramped or too tight. It's going to be 4 years in October 2018 since surgery. I have not fully recovered all symptoms got better I learned to live with it. Pretty upset oral surgeon didn't mention the risk since he saw x rays and could have let me know. I went through the same emotions everyone expressed in the forum. This is my first time sharing my experience but I would always read this thread of hope for it to hopefully regain 100% feeling. I have hope I'll recover from this still. I suffer from hypersensitivity to hot or cold. When I bite into a war, burger it feels like the burger just came out it burns and I o viously react to re,icing it from my mouth. I have over compensated by chewing on my right. I do stretches with my mouth tounge. I feel tightness once in a while I feel pressure it's just odd. It doesn't really effect my quality of life as much as it did in the beginning sometimes I forget about it. Other times like I said when I eat I'm reminded of it. However I'm still trying to chew war,,spicy, cold on my left side to feel it even if it hurts in hopes that it willl wake up my never to normalcy again by continuing to use it. I am now looking to oral surgery to correct my bite and have a symmetrical face but I know the risk I run is to again are the nerves or making my left chin and lip permanently like this. I'm at a crossroads because I live with a small portion of my face impacted and not sure if I want to go through same or more nerve damage. I don't know if it's worth it. I'd be doing the le fort surgery along with joint replacement with supposedly one of the best oral surgeons in California located here in San Diego where I live. His name is Dr. Joel Berger a top oral surgeon ( he didn't perform my wisdom extraction). It's not a need i can live with how my jaw is now but I feel like as I get older it's going to be more pronounce and not aesthetically pleasing as I get older and lose the fat in my face. Everyone who looks at me doesn't notice this as much I do. I think I'm more likely going to do it because I'm 29 I have more chances at a better recovery right now that if I wait to get older. I'll post again if there's any changes or how my oral surgery went. If anyone has similar story as mine. I'd love to hear any feedback.
I have been following this thread but it looks like it is dead now.
I had a trauma to my lingual nerve after extraction of wisdom tooth which caused me the so called paresthesia on my right side of the tongue. It has been exactly a year now with considerable improvement but I still have this tightness and burning sensation that is driving me nuts. Luckily the paresthesia is only on my tongue
Did anyone had these same symptoms and whether you were able to find any type of treatment?
best of luck.
It feels nothing like the feeling when they numbed it
See I always wondered about that , like how do they really
Know unless it’s happenned to them , it’s all guesswork
How could they really tell you how it would feel to have it Ablated
By a simulation of a numbing
Just pisses me off all around
Would you please explain what everything feels like
from day to day ?
Like you still have the tightness,agitation
As well as burning now ? Or is it burning and stabbing
Pain feelings in mouth and face
So , how is it Timeheals?
Hi everyone. I had 4 wisdom teeth extracted, BSSO (oral surgeon cuts your lower jaw and pushes it forward, securing with plates) and genioplasty (oral surgeon cuts your chin and secures it in position with a plate). My surgeon never mentioned I was at increased risk for nerve damage but after the surgery I asked for my pre-op x-ray and my roots were on the nerve.
I was pretty much dead numb for 3 months in my lower lip and chin. Oddly the numbness didn't bug me at all, a slight annoyance but hardly a functional issue. I cannot recall any burning/itchiness or pain. When the numbness subsided, which it did almost entirely in about 4-5 months...I was left with a dreadful stiff tight sensation in my lower lip and chin. I feel considerable discomfort when speaking (particularly when moving the lower lip/chin - feels very stiff, hard, inflexible--a tight pull when speaking). It has been 10 months and this feeling has persisted, bothering me more and more each day....I cry everyday about this. Do you think my situation sounds like damage to the nerve? Can the tightness remain even when the numbness is almost entirely gone?
Not sure if anyone still posts on here anymore, but I'm 4.5 years out from wisdom teeth removal and still have paraesthesia of my entire chin, lower lip, and gums. If anyone is still on here, I was wondering if you ever experienced ear issues way after getting your wisdom teeth out. Lately I've been having a lot of clicking/popping/fullness. Since I believe that the nerve is still trying to heal itself (I get occasional tingles and pain), I often attribute things that I otherwise wouldn't to the recovery of the nerve(s). So I'm just wondering if the ear issue might be the nerve continuing to wake up. Probably not, but I thought I'd see if anyone else has experienced ear issues with your paraesthesia (years after getting the teeth out).
DON'T WORRY! everything is gonna be alright. I had the same problem. it could take months. But it going to be recovered. I SWEAR!
I got my wisdom tooth extracted 2 weeks ago and I believe there is damage to my inferior alveolar nerve. My gum is still numb. My lip feels tight, dry and burning whereas my chin feels tingling, pins and needles, stabbing and burning. These feelings come and go and they can be VERY painful.
What scares me most is that the dentist who did my extraction was a periodontist, not an oral surgeon. She also did not sit me down to warn me of my high risk of nerve damage. Even after the extraction, she didn't want to believe me, thinking i was too paranoid or researching too much but now she believes me and is panicking too. The fact that she seemed certain before that there wasn't going to be nerve damage makes me very nervous that she was incompetent and her skill could have permanently damaged my nerves! :(
Looking back, i know it was stupid not to go to an oral surgeon but i really had no idea of these complications. All my friends got their wisdom teeth extracted and have been fine!
Please somebody be my friend here and talk to me through this recovery journey, if you're still having similar problems, pls do respond. I admit I'm a fragile soul and a crybaby.
Hi There, Im so glad I found this page! I had a temporary filling put into my lower right molar. I now have tingling and numb feeling in the right side of mu tongue. Im on day 6 and it is driving me mad I am so upset and dont know what to do! Has anyone got better from the tongue problem? Thanks
The dentist did a " surgical extraction " on my FIRST MOLAR. But he left the roots in as he said it was dangerous to go any further and referred me to the hospital two days later. I was numb all over two days later and had needle like sensation. When the hospital took the tooth out the next day I thought it would be better but I was still numb and massive pain in my lip. I think it is going white even and I don't know what to do it's been 5 days anyone can help ?
I think I am with the other hundred of y'all here. I am 8 days post op. I had not only the four wisdom teeth removed, but also five molars and a mass that was under my lower right wisdom tooth. It was a train wreck. The worst part of healing by far is the tightness of my chin and numbness of lip and chin. I can't hardly talk because it is such a strain. Eating is out of the question. I was hoping to find tricks to coping here. But maybe not so much. Hopefully this is still and active site. I've spent a lot of time reading all the other comments. Here's to a miracle....
Unlimited 777 andEtal, sorry to inform ya but no one posts here anymore . The only one wth diligence was Timeheals and he has moved on. Cant blame him for being a bit upset because after 3 by years things did not heal fo for him as much as he deserved
I will tell you all this, it will be one of the hardest things you face in your lifetime.You want your face to feel good, no one wants there face and mouth to feel poor, its simply different than any other part of the body.....we are more sensitive there and vulnerable
The tightness friggin sucks but you just gotta taoe care of yourself and pray the nerve continues to ease the feelings as time passes
Hey all, I too am experiencing the same conditions due to extraction of wisdom teeth. I am one week in and the tightness in my chin and lips are extremely aggravating. Any success stories or good news for anyone?
Heyyy...wata the situation with tightness guys
Im not sure Darq, no 1 here has mentioned their problem stemming from that ? You better yet ?
I am concerned, since my numbness/tingling pain didn't start with an extraction, it begain with the use of orajel on my broken tooth that's beside my lower K9.
Btw Timeheals , 2 things. I know you said regression seems to happen before better feelings come, but does that hod true even 6 months in. Like if tightness and pain when touched were dissipating to pretty close to normal but then it all comes back tight and painful..... is that still normal with this injury even as far as 6 months in .
I also saw you post that peripheral nerves continue to regenerate throughout our lifetime .... you said that after consulting with a team of experts, its hard for me to grasp that . Like do you mean slowly the nerve will present sligntly more normal feeelings as time goes on even if most of the healing has already occurred, and were these experts taking into consideration the inferior alveolar nerve specifically when considering slow lifetime improvements
You know its strange, ive been injured more times than I can count and Ive always trusted the body to repair itself. This is the first time in my life I dont have that confidence .
Im just not sure what the nerve could still do after 6 months, but I also dont understand why the nerve would relapse either. The nerve is not in my jaw dying , im taking the best multivitamin in the world and takinf excellent care of myself. So why does it relapse lime this and send off such bad signals as if it is deteriorating even after big improvements