Dentist doing a dental treatment

If you have to have a tooth filled or removed, the dentist will most likely use medications to ensure you do not feel the procedure. However, many people don’t know what to expect from the numbing agent, so some of the effects can be a little scary. Let’s talk a little about what you will feel. Keep in mind, though, that everyone is different, so you may feel the numbness more or less than others. This doesn’t mean anything is wrong.

A few things you should know

Obviously, you don’t want to feel the drilling or the extraction, and that’s the purpose of getting numb, so you should not be surprised that you may feel numbness on your face and head as well. Here are a few things you should know so that the procedure will not take you completely off guard:

  • You probably will not feel as much numbness if you are having an upper tooth extracted when compared to a lower tooth.
  • Each upper tooth can be numbed individually so that you don’t experience the numbness overall.
  • Additionally, if more than one tooth is affected, the upper teeth can be numbed in blocks or sections.

What else you can expect

If you have a lower tooth numbed, then you can expect a half of your tongue and lip to be numb on the side that you are going to have the dental work completed.

It is completely normal and rather common to feel numbness on the side of your head, your nose, and your cheeks. That’s because nerves run from the origin and they are connected. This means nerves in your face may be affected as well.

When it will wear off

The good news is that the numbness should wear off after a few hours. The actual time it lasts can vary depending on the type of anesthetics used. However, as a general rule, you can expect to get feeling back between two and four hours.

So, when you go to have a tooth extraction, do not be surprised by the amount of numbness you feel. Just because the side of your head doesn’t have any feeling doesn’t mean there is something wrong. Besides, who cares if you can’t feel your own nose as long as you don’t feel that tooth being pulled, right?

If you have any questions

If you have more questions about anesthetics used for numbing a tooth, be sure to ask your dentist. There’s no need to feel nervous about your procedure AND your numbness. Keep in mind that the anesthetics are used frequently and are safe, plus they keep you pain free!