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1 21st September 01:37
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Hi,

Had a largish cavity, at the gum margin of a lower molar, which was filled
after starting to suffer discomfort. A couple of months later an abscess
developed leaving me looking like the typical cartoon caricature with what
looked like a large gob-stopper in my cheek.

After much head-banging and a course of antibiotics, the dentist prescribed
a root c****, but six months later my lip is still numb... not majorly but
it feels like I'm constantly drooling and I need to keep licking my lip to
ensure that I'm not.

Would further treatment be likely to alleviate the numbness?

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2 21st September 01:37
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When did the numbness develop? Did the feeling come back immediately after
the root c****, and then the numbness set in a day or two later? Or did
your lip never get feeling back after the root c****? Has your dentist
taken an x-ray of the root c**** tooth since then?

It's possible the nerve was damaged from the injection. I doubt it was from
the root c****...
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3 21st September 01:37
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Hi NOYB,

In sci.med.dentistry you remarked...

Even though I was given a double dose of anaesthetic because of my build,
much to the dentist's surprise I was still able to feel (knee-jerk
reaction) the fine paper swab (used to soak up any moisture in the c****
before filling) deep in my jaw.

But I was able to drink coffee, without it leaking down my shirt, after the
usual(?) 4 or 5 hours though I still had this kinda 'thick' feeling to my
lip which seems to have gradually lessened but not totally disappeared
(maybe I just gotten used to it).

The thing is... I'm loath to go back to the same dentist, as I have been
very disappointed with the quality of treatment received before the root
c**** episode. I tried reporting this to NHSDirect in hope of being
referred to another practice, but I was told I would have to try resolving
the issue direct before I could they could offer any assistance.

Just how do you go about telling a dentist you're not happy with their
work, without fear of (possibly painful) repercussions?

Another thing... I can remember reading, years ago, something about over
filling of root c****s which can cause ill effects.

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4 21st September 01:38
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You just have to love the NHS system <sarcasm>

About one in 25,000 injections (depending on the study you read) will result
in some physical trauma to the nerve sheath and create a transient numbness
which can last days to many months. A tiny percentage of these can be
permanent. The odds of permanent numbness is less than one out of
1,000,000.

If your dentist filled the root c**** space with Sargenti Paste instead of
gutta percha and was VERY sloppy (even Sargenti Paste can be done well by
the careful dentist), you could have a lot of paste out the tip of the root
which causes numbness. However, I have not heard of this happening since
about 15 years ago. The world has gotten smarter.

Generally, you will want to have an OMFS follow the numbness and make sure
it resolves. The OMFS is best trained to treat the numbness should it
require intervention.

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5 21st September 01:38
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Hi Dr Steve,

In sci.med.dentistry you remarked...

Thanks for your reply. I'll take it up with my GP and see if he can get me
referred to the local OMFS.

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6 21st September 01:38
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And 4% solutions of anesthetic have a higher incidence of parasthesia
when used for IANB's. Was the anesthetic Articaine, Septonest, or
Citanest Forte?

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7 21st September 01:40
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Interestingly,,,,, the only time this has occurred to one of my
patients,,,,, I used Mepivicaine 3%.

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