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Could nerve damage happen in my face when a wisdom tooth is removed?

Many people can experience numbness or tingling in the face or jaw after their wisdom teeth are removed. Normal sensation usually returns within a few days. In rare cases, nerve damage may result. If you experience numbness or tingling longer than a few days, consult your dentist.
Nerve damage is possible with dental surgeries such as the pulling of a wisdom tooth. However, if you choose a well trained-dentist who has experience with tooth extraction, the risk of a damaged facial nerve is minimal.

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