When you recover from your surgery you may notice parts of your face are quite numb, which is a normal effect of the local anaesthetic injections given during surgery. The numbness generally takes 6-8 hours to wear off and during this time you should avoid contact with hot liquids etc.

Occasionally, some of the sensory nerves in the jaw bones can be disturbed by the surgical procedure, particularly with the removal of very difficult impacted lower teeth, which may cause prolonged numbness over a few weeks, or in severe cases some months. On very rare occasions there may be some permanently altered sensation in and around the jaws.