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JDK
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Mar-10-02, 12:14 PM (CST)
 
"Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
 
   I am new to this board. Went out to find any information on my symptoms. I too now have similar symptoms of what is spoken here.

Had 2 fillings replaced on a Thursday afternoon. While having the novacaine shot, I felt a jolt or shocking feeling for a split second. It felt like it was in the tooth itself. I seemed to numb up very fast. (Right lower jaw, tongue, lip, etc.)
Since Ive had this procedure done many times before, I figured all the numbness would be gone by morning.
Morning comes (friday), the numbness is gone from my lip and jaw. BUT, it still remains in 1/2 of my tongue. In addition, no taste sensation on that half. I figured it was a little more novacaine than the other times so I waited another day. Saturday comes, no improvement. Try calling dentist, they are closed.
Now its day 3 (Sunday), guess I can say there is a small improvement. There is a slight amount of feeling there, but still numb. The back side of it, next to the teeth with the new fillings does give me a "metallic" taste. About twice in the last 24 hours. Taste buds are "tingling a small bit". They sort of resemble how they feel after drinking something too hot, scalding the taste buds.
I took a toothpick and put slight pressure on one part of the tongue, no sensation. Pushed a little harder, I did have some feeling, but it seemed offset from where I was actually pushing. (Maybe 1/16 of an inch or so.) Just didn't seem like the same spot.
Monday I will call the dentist and see what he says.
Thats it!
Not quite sure were to go now. I've read about the B12 vitamins and other things on this site. Actually, I'm a little more nervous about it now than before.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. jheatnell Mar-10-02 1
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. JDK Mar-12-02 2
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin Mar-14-02 3
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. JDK Mar-17-02 4
         RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin Mar-19-02 5
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. ROSS Jul-24-02 14
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. JDK Apr-09-02 6
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. JDK Jun-15-02 13
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Linny May-06-02 7
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin May-07-02 8
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. deedee May-12-02 9
     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin May-13-02 10
         RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. jj Jun-07-02 11
             RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin Jun-13-02 12
                 RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Numb too long Aug-20-02 15
                     RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Rossadmin Aug-27-02 16
  RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste. Patti Price Sep-08-02 17

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jheatnell
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Mar-10-02, 10:38 PM (CST)
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1. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   to JDK:

I had the same thing happen to me except it is on my left side of my tongue. I had a crown done on the left side of my lower jaw and I felt an extra zing in my tongue when he numbed me up. I also numbed up very quickly, in fact, the dentist was surprised and commented on it. The procedure was done in January and it is now March and my tongue still feels the same way and I don't have any taste buds on that side. What I want to know is I just got the bill from my dentist after my insurance company paid 3/4 on the bill. Am I really expected to pay him for this?


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JDK
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Mar-12-02, 07:00 PM (CST)
 
2. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   To jheatnell:

Thanks for the reply. Now that you mention it, the dentist also made a comment on how fast of a "number" I was! I made a phone call to the dentist on Monday, I got pretty much the same reply I've read in this group. "They must have "nicked" the nerve, it should go away in a week or two. Call back in a few days."
Well, its now Tuesday, no change for the better. In fact, my tongue tends to favor the right side. Also feels like a lump or knot under it on that side. Of course, physically there is not. Now, in addition my throat seems to be a little sore on the right side in the back under the jaw. I do not have any bruising.
Started taking multiple vitamins in hope that they may help. Been eating ice cream, peanuts, chips trying to stimulate the taste buds. Its almost like there may be some feeling, taste there, but it is very, very, very diminished. Also noticed that side seems to be salavating more. Feels like drymouth. I don't have the pain that some people have described, yet. Looks like that may come later.
On the other hand, when I bite down on the teeth that had the fillings redone, I can tell the nerves in the teeth are active. The sensitivity is there that usually is after having fillings done. I hope that is a good sign.
As far as paying for it, it just doesn't seem right does it.
Well, I guess I will see what the dentist has to say in a few days. I'm not happy about this at all. I sure hope that we are a part of the 85% recovery rate.


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Rossadmin
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Mar-14-02, 09:48 PM (CST)
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3. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   JDK,

I thought I had answered your post before, but cannot find my reply.

Anyway, most of what I know about this injury I have tried to put down on the site, and which you may have found already. Here is the link:
http://www.sciential.net/lingual_nerve_injury_from_anesth.htm

It can take weeks for recovery, so you should try to remain optimistic and be patient. A few of the experts suggest a short course of steroids, but most tend not to recommend this. You already read about the B-vitamins, and there is no evidence that it helps but it probably will not hurt.

Hopefully you will recover fully. I would be interested in your recovery, and how long it takes, etc.

I have this injury myself, so I understand your frustration at this point complete. I started this site because there appeared to be a lack of information out there for recently injured people use as a resource.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ross


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JDK
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Mar-17-02, 10:39 PM (CST)
 
4. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   LAST EDITED ON Mar-19-02 AT 09:14 PM (CST) by Ross (admin)
 
Thanks Ross,

Your site has been the most useful that I have found. It helps to associate others storys with your own. Something to relate to although I wish nobody had to suffer from this or any other injury at all....

Thought I would update my progress. I have been taking the vitamins now for about a week. It's day 10. Went back to see dentist after 1 week. I explained my symptoms. They checked and said everything looked ok inside the mouth. No bruising, etc. (Believe me, I checked myself in the mirror also!) Explained to me I may have a little "Paresthesia". Said to give it a couple more weeks, and that it may even take months. (I'm supposed to have more work done on the same side. Probably not a good idea to have it done for awhile.....)
Meanwhile, I still have occassional feelings of a "lump" under the tongue on the injured side. Also, a feeling of a "lump" on the same side of the throat that is a little sore when swallowing. Both of these come and go and change in severity. The most pain I've had has been in the front of the tongue, about 1/2 way between the middle and the far right side of the tongue. Feels like someone poking it with a pin at times. It also comes and goes as does the mediciny / metallic taste. Mostly feels like that half of the tongue is wearing a fur coat! (For lack of better words.) I have been lucky enough as to NOT bite my tongue too badly yet. One POSITIVE thing I have to say is the tongue does not seem to favor the right side as much as it used to in the first week. I was aware of it during that time and actually forced it to the far left, sort of as a tongue exercise.

I will keep posting the updates to your site. I will be sure to post if there is any recovery also. This is important as I agree with some of the other posts I have read here. Some people may abandon the site after recovery, and those that need the positive statements are still here! We need to see the "positives" to give us all hope.

JDK


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Rossadmin
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Mar-19-02, 09:18 PM (CST)
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5. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   JDK,

It sounds like you symptoms are consistent with some nerve regeneration. It is not possible to predict whether you will completely recover from this, but at least it is a positive sign that it is trying to recover.

I corrected the spelling of paresthesia, at your request, in your note.

Let me know if I can be of any other assistance. It is a real pain waiting, hoping and wondering if you will recover, but the odds are with you at this point.

Ross


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ROSSadmin
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Jul-24-02, 04:09 PM (CST)
 
14. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   I TO HAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY TONGUE AND GUMS TOTALLY NUMB ONLY 10 DAYS NOW. I FOUND THIS SITE AND ALSO SOMEONE WHO MAY HELP US. I NEED NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL TO PRESENT TO SOMEONE.. CAN'T SAY NOW BUT A CLASS ACTION SUIT COULD BE. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU GOT IN THE INJECTION AND HOW MUCH. YOUR DENTIST HAS TO TELL YOU. I HAD 1.8ML F CITANIST THE SAME AMOUNT OF ARTICAIN AND SCANDONIST. A SEARCH MIGHT BE DONE IF A DRUG HAD GONE BAD AND SENT OUT. THEY ARE LOOKING AT ARTICAINE. THE MORE WE HAVE THE BETTER .. YOU CAN CALL ME AT 763-571-88851. A DR HAD THIS HAPPEN TO HIM AND I HAVE TALKED TO HIM ON PHONE. THANK YOU SHIRLEY.


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JDK
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Apr-09-02, 06:25 PM (CST)
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6. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   LAST EDITED ON Apr-09-02 AT 06:27 PM (CST)
 
Here is the latest. Coming up on 5 weeks in 2 days. So far, it all seems to be pointing to some nerve regeneration. Still taking the multiple vitamins, whether they help or not.

Maybe there is some hope.

I can't say I've had the intense burning people have mentioned on this site. I do have "slight" burning sensations on the right side tip of the tongue which randomly comes and goes. Mint flavored tooth paste seems to help with this only because it has a numbing effect on the normal side of the tongue. I believe this "masks" the numbness on the affected side.

Taste, on a scale from 1 (none) to 10 (normal) I would rate about a 3 or 4. (That has improved, though some things don't taste right.)
The extreem right "side" of the tongue is still completely numb.
I have not bitten myself to the bleeding state, but enough to know I have.
The "lumpy" feeling under the right side of the tongue seems to have lessened, but still there slightly.
The sore throat has disappeared completely at this point.
Ocassionally, I can feel the spot where the injection was given.
The medicine taste still exists, especially in the morning before eating any food.
As far as eating certain foods, some have an unusual "taste/sensation". (Some chocolates and chewing gum.) I have not pinned down what is in common with these different foods yet.
Orange juice seems not to have any taste. It's Bland. Strange...............

Thats it for now. Will keep updates coming.

jdk


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JDK
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Jun-15-02, 07:47 AM (CST)
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13. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   Well, here it is Saturday, June 15th. Its been about 14 weeks. A quick update so far.....
All burning sensations are GONE. My taste sensation on the scale from 1 (none) to 10 (normal) is about 8 to 9. The numbness is pretty much gone except my taste buds still have a slight "scalded" feeling. The "lumpy" feeling under the tongue is GONE. The medicine taste has GONE.
About 2 weeks ago, I developed an enlarged taste bud on the right side tip of the tongue. This is where I was feeling the tingling / burning sensations in the past. It was white in color, completely numb and an annoyance......... Took about a week and it has now disappeared.

I guess I can be considered pretty much a success story after 14 weeks. At least at this point I can live with the current symptoms. ("Pain free") I will definitly think AND ASK before having more work done at the dentist in the future!

Thanks again for this site Ross. I hope all here do well with their recoveries.

And I hope people can read these success stories and see that there is hope, something to look forward to. From what I have read, there are many success stories out there, some just need more time. Some recover and do not take the time to "write" their success stories.
I consider this to be a success considering the earlier stages of symptoms.............. So be it, a "Success"!

JDK


P.S. --- I do HIGHLY recommend using a mint flavored tooth paste during the numbness period. It help me through as it masks off the feeling.


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May-06-02, 09:43 PM (CST)
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7. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   Hi! I came looking for answers and found this site. A month ago I went to a dentist to have a cap made and came away with a badly sprained jaw -- so bad it actually popped out of place -- very painful, but even more painful trying to close my mouth! The dentist hit a nerve twice. Now I have numbness on the right side of my tongue (having trouble forming words), numbness/tingling in my face and lips, constant headache, pain in my neck and shoulder. Now I can't open my mouth past a certain point. I don't know what to do! The dentist says he didn't do this. I've been to an oral surgeon who says he has never heard of anything like this happening at a dentist's office. He started asking me if I was having problems at home; told me I needed an MRI of the brain because it sounded like something might be wrong in my head. I told him I had just had a physical because of impending knee surgery, and neither of my doctors found any medical problems. I told him I was just fine before this visit to the dentist -- but he sees NO correlation between the two. I went back to my knee doctor who gave me a referrel to a neurologist. I am so frustrated! Is anyone else having this problem??


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May-07-02, 08:04 PM (CST)
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8. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   The referal to a neurologist sounds like a good idea. Someone who deals with trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ (the jaw joint) problems might also be worth consulting.

Sorry not to be more helpful, but your situation sounds complicated enough that a good history and examination sound like the best choices.

Ross


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deedee
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May-12-02, 02:50 PM (CST)
 
9. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   Hello, all

I can relate to all of the messages which you have posted. I also recently had the third molar on the left side removed. During the injection of the lidocaine I felt a sensation on my tongue which seemed like the dentist slipped and hit the tongue. I knew he had made a mistake of some sort as he apologized for it. When the anesthetic wore off I was left with a burning tongue on the tip and underneath on the left side. I am also experiencing numbness running the length of the tongue. Since I also had a dry socket and have not completely healed I am unsure as to the residual damage. I've read all that I can find about lingual nerve damage and realize that I don't want to wait too long to get assistance. Ross, do you know how long I should wait before I take further steps?How much do you know about steroid drugs for this possible damage?Thanks for any assistance.


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10. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   Deedee,

It is usual to wait about 8 weeks before finding someone to consult about the injury, as long as the nerve is not severed. They usually will not recommend intervention until at least 3 months. The success rate is better in those that have the repair earlier, although there are no hard and fast rules.

The above information is if the injury is from the tooth extraction, which is much more common than from the injection. For injectional injuries, most experts do not recommend surgical intervention.

Given that you had an extraction, I would go with the first advice and at least you can get an opinion. I must admit that if you had the sensation of the nerve being hit during the anesthetic injection, that you may have an injectional injury.

Hope that helps, and I hope that you inprove prior to the 8 weeks.

Ross


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jj
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Jun-07-02, 09:00 PM (CST)
 
11. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   I went to the dentist on Tues this week for crown work. My first appointment with the freezing and drilling and such. I felt the poke, when the injection was given. I did not realize at the time what had happened, but made it aware that he had hurt me. The next morning I woke up to find my tongue still numb and feeling really weird. It was like I had a drink of something too hot, and burned my tongue on it. I did not realize till later in the day that I had no taste! My jaw and tongue were so sore that I had not eaten much anyhow.
It's been four days now, and I still have no taste whatsoever. Everything I eat is tasteless. Yesterday I was eating everything in sight trying to satisfy my cravings. Today I have basically given up trying to eat. There is absolutely no appetite now, and eating a meal is a real challenge, due to the tastelessness of all food.
Looking on the bright side, it's a weight loss program....a very expensive one!


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Rossadmin
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12. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   With only 4 days behind you , there is still an excellent chance of full recovery.


I would be interested in hearing how you do.

See the information on the mechanisms of injury pages and let me know if you have any questions.

Ross


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Numb too long
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Aug-20-02, 12:42 PM (CST)
 
15. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   I had 3 wisdom teeth removed in April 2002. Since that time the left side of my tongue has been numb but there hasn't been any pain. It has a tingling sensation seemingly 24/7. There doesn't seem to have been much improvement. I have been considering surgery as this feeling has been driving me a little crazy to say the least. After reading this site I am not so sure if this is a good idea.


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16. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   I understand your concern.

If I were in your shoes, I would find an expert in nerve repair and get an opinion. Then you can concider the options. As time goes by, your options for surgical correct diminish. While it may still help down the line, your best options are to have surgery within 6 months of the injury.

After seeing the expert, you will have decision to make, but at least you will know your options.

If you need help finding an expert, email me using the webmaster link at the bottom of most pages. You may have to travel to find someone who does this type of surgery.

Ross


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Patti Price
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Sep-08-02, 10:31 AM (CST)
 
17. "RE: Right side tongue numb, loss of taste."
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   LAST EDITED ON Sep-08-02 AT 06:11 PM (CST) by Ross (admin)
 
I know how you feel-so glad to find this board and find out that my injuries are real, that I haven't turned into a drooling idiot without help from a bad dentist.


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