Still numb after 2 years - what do

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Still numb after 2 years - what do

#1 Post by paul64 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:17 am

Wondering what to watch out for now that it's pretty clear the sensation in my lower jaw won't return.
- What to ask my surgeon
- Any chance things could get worse
- Any action I can take to improve things

I'm 22 months past my surgery date and not much feeling has returned to my lower jaw. My bite is fixed & it's looks great so it's a mixed blessing I guess. The left side is worse, there's a dead spot on my chin on the left side. It doesn't bother me THAT much but I find I have to focus when speaking or I'll slur, especially when tired or drinking.

I'm resigned to it - no choice - but wondering what to do at this stage. I'm guessing "nothing" but worth reaching out to leverage the expertise on this forum.

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#2 Post by Nozzelnut » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:21 pm

FWIW I was in a similar spot with about the same recovery time. Physically stretching my lower lip with my fingers and touching/massaging the numb area to give it a sensation to feel may have helped. Could have just been the additional healing time. The sensation in my chin and lower lip is still improving even after a few years. So don't give up quite yet.

ETA Some folks say acupuncture helps too; but I didn't try it.
Upper ceramics 5/21/14, Lower stainless 5/28/14
Double jaw surgery was 6/18/15. Estimated time Jan 2016; still on at my 2 year anniversary...

Braces removed 7/20/18; upper and lower Hawley and Essix retainers with bonded lower too.

I'm emphatically against extraction orthodontics! It's easier for the orthodontist; not better for the patient!!!

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#3 Post by paul64 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:35 am

Thanks for the response, yes I too hope for incremental improvement over time.

I would be wrong for me not to point out acupuncture is a placebo though.

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#4 Post by paul64 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:37 am

Sorry let me restate that since it's not clear. Acupuncture is a placebo. No one should waste their money on fake medicine.

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#5 Post by bmay2 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:57 am

How old were you when you had the procedure?

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#6 Post by paul64 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:33 pm

52. I'm in great shape but I'm sure younger people heal faster/better.

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#7 Post by snapdresser » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:23 pm

Nothing you can do that I know of. But you can stay apprised of any nerve regeneration studies and maybe one will come down the pipes that you qualify for and can sign up for.
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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#8 Post by paul64 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:49 am

Appreciate the feedback on what to do.

Any chance this will get worse not better?

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Re: Still numb after 2 years - what do

#9 Post by Nozzelnut » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:03 pm

Barring some additional injury or reopening the incision sites; should not get worse. Mine started improving more or faster when the corresponding teeth or teeth in that area of the mouth started touching.
Upper ceramics 5/21/14, Lower stainless 5/28/14
Double jaw surgery was 6/18/15. Estimated time Jan 2016; still on at my 2 year anniversary...

Braces removed 7/20/18; upper and lower Hawley and Essix retainers with bonded lower too.

I'm emphatically against extraction orthodontics! It's easier for the orthodontist; not better for the patient!!!

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