Q&A: When can I expect the numbness in my chin and lower lip to go away, resulting from a broken jaw two weeks ago?
It depends upon the severity of the fracture, often numbness is a finding when the jaw breaks at the angle(behind the wisdom tooth area). Good news is that often the feeling will return within several weeks of the injury, if the fracture was not too severe, but the bad news most of the time when it does return it is not complete, but is tolerable and does not interfere with normal activities. The really bad news is, there will be patients who never get their feeling back, this can occur with badly displaced fractures, fractures where pieces are broken and pushed totally out of their normal position, and penetrating injuries. Good luck.