I had impacted wisdom teeth. One of them started breaking through the gums. I went to see an oral surgeon who recommended I have them all extracted. I did. Everything seemed to go fine, then three weeks afterward I developed numbness and tingling on one side. Then there was pain and my face swelled up. I went back to see the oral surgeon. He said one of the areas was infected. He opened up the area and cleaned it out. Again, fine for a while then numbness, tingling and pain. I went back. Another infection. He cleaned it out and also recommended I see a nerve specialist. The specialist said there is buccal nerve damage. Is this normal or was the dentist negligent? Also, will it heal? The nerve doc said there is nothing which can be done.
You’ve had some definite complications with your wisdom tooth extractions. I haven’t seen any x-rays or examined you so anything I say can only be general. While the other three teeth seemed fine, the fourth one seems to have what is known as a resistant infection pocket. This can happen even when your dentist does everything right.
One thing I want to be certain of is that you are always taking all the antibiotics. With a recurrent infection, it can sometimes mean the antibiotics aren’t strong enough or they weren’t prescribed for long enough. Other times, it can mean a patient started feeling better and stopped taking the antibiotics without realizing the have to be finished.
I don’t know if your oral surgeon noticed, but I’m connecting the nerve tingling with each erupted infection. I’m wondering if that means the repeated opening and cleaning of the area is irritating the nerve. It wasn’t cut or there wouldn’t be any feeling there. It likely was touched or nicked. Human anatomy isn’t precise so the best a dentist or oral surgeon can do is know the basic area. Nerves aren’t in the exact same location for every patient. It will heal on its own, but could take up to a year.
I would try a stronger antibiotic for a greater period of time and see if that is the solution rather than him cleaning the area every time. It will give the buccal nerve a break as well.
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