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Hi I did a root canal 2day an after couple hours its stil numbed how long does it take for d numbness to go away an wat can I eat or drink also is der anyting I can do to prevent infection again

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Hi Mellisa,

By the time you read this post, I suspect the numbness will have disappeared.

And as far as when you can eat or drink, or to prevent your infection from reoccurring, I would give your dentist a call.

Personally, to prevent infection I do the obvious....brush my teeth after meals.  I sometimes like to flush my mouth with Listerine or Act mouth wash.  I also floss, although probably not as often as I should.


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Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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Jonathan's Blog is: https://patientbabble.squarespace.com/jonathans-blog

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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