May 31, 2015
I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed May 27, 2015.
I was lucky in the fact I had next to no swelling and no pain.
Although I did have stiffness of the jaw, which is normal, so everyday I just chew some gum and it's helping to loosen it up.
My biggest concern with my surgery was that hours after my surgery, I started to notice that the left half of my lower lip and chin were still kind of numb/frozen. My sister said she was numb/frozen hours after her surgery as well, and woke up the next morning fine. So I went to bed hoping for the best. Well, when I woke up, I was still numb/frozen.
So I called my oral surgeons office and spoke to a nurse about my numb sensation. She told me it's not uncommon to go numb in the tongue, teeth, gums, chin and lips after tooth extractions. Simply, due to the nerve that runs in the lower part of your jaw. So she told me that this nerve was most likely injured during the extraction of my lower left side wisdom tooth. (and by injured never she said it could be that it was stretched, crushed or in RARE cases cut to get to tooth out. But she said mine was not cut.)
I was told it could take days to weeks for the nerve to repair itself and regain feeling in it, but again in RARE cases, she said it could take months to years to full repair itself.
I'm doing my best to remain optimistic about it all. It's only been about 4 days since my extractions.
I can feel pressure on my numb areas when I touch them. I can faintly feel my tongue run across my lips at times. But the most frustration part is when I'm trying to eat and I bite my lip and I don't know I've done it till i usually taste blood.
If anyone else is going through this, feel free to message me.
I would love to talk to others going through this, and keep in touch with updates/improvements/progress being made in recovery from this annoying numbness.
Hope everyone is doing good, and is staying healthy!