If you have recently had a dental implant placed and the area around has become numb notify your treating doctor. Post dental implant numbness is relatively rare, but can be very nerve racking when it occurs. Symptoms can range from feeling numbness in the lips or jaw, to feeling slightly numb
If you have had implants recently placed and are experiencing post dental implant numbness then it is best to contact your dentist for advice. It is likely that they will take dental x-rays to see exactly what is going on, before deciding on an appropriate course of action.
It is also possible for the nerve to be temporarily damaged when the local anesthetic was injected. In such cases it is pretty rare for the resulting numbness to last longer than a day, but it does occasionally last longer. If this is the case then the nerve generally recovers after a few weeks, but if it has been quite badly damaged it could take up to a year. The risk of post dental implant numbness tends to be slightly greater if implants are used to replace missing lower back teeth.
Avoiding the Numbness after Dental Implant placement
It is important to remember that implant placement is a surgical procedure, and that your choice of treating dentist does make a difference. Although things can occasionally go wrong, the chances of them doing so are greatly lessened by choosing a highly experienced dental surgeon who places many implants each year. They will have the necessary knowledge and skill to choose the correct type of implant, and to use an implant system best suited to your needs. In contrast a surgeon who only places a few implants each year is more likely to be familiar with just one implant system, and will lack the knowledge and skill necessary to use other unfamiliar systems that may be better suited to your needs.
Having a CT scan before the implant is placed enables your dentist to plan the surgery with much greater accuracy. The same degree of clarity simply cannot be obtained from a two-dimensional x-ray and there is a greater chance of nerve damage that could result in post dental implant numbness.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should notify your surgeon immediately.