Following your wisdom teeth surgery (or other dental procedures), it is normal to have some numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue and there is no cause for alarm.
This is usually temporary in nature; however, you should be aware that if your lip or tongue is numb, you could bite it and not feel it so be careful.
Contact us immediately if you have any questions about this or if your numbness is persistent after the day of surgery. Persistent numbness could indicate that one of the nerves supplying your tongue, lip or chin has been affected by the surgery and you will require assessment by your dentist. Your dentist may also refer you or a maxillofacial surgeon for further assessment and management.
Nerve damage is an uncommon complication and is usually temporary (a few weeks or months) until the nerve regenerates at the surgical sites. However, in rare cases, nerve involvement can be permanent and needs treatment.