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Bell's Palsy Isn't a Concern with Dental Treatment

Posted on 3/30/2016 by Boeckel
A woman suffering from bell's palsy consulting her dentist about her condition.Have you ever heard of Bell's palsy? This condition causes facial paralysis on one side of the face, and for some reason, some people are concerned that the anesthesia used in dental work could result in this problem. Fortunately, this condition is extremely rare, so it shouldn't prevent you from going to the dentist.

Bell's Palsy Causes

Bell's palsy is a condition that causes facial paralysis, including the ability to move most of the muscles on one side of the face. It also involves losing feeling on that size of the face, which can be an embarrassing condition for people who experience it.

The primary theory about the cause of Bell's palsy is that it results from a viral infection that attacks the nerve, which causes it to swell. When this swelling occurs, the nerve constricts, preventing it from transmitting signals.

Most of these infections are thought to be a result of the common cold virus, and the condition can be triggered by stress. Fortunately, Bell's palsy is temporary, but it can last for several months or even a year.

Bell's Palsy and Dental Work

There are a few cases in which Ball's palsy has been associated with dental work. These have involved infections, complicated extractions, and dental anesthesia, but the conditions are very rare. If you have concerns about Bell's palsy, speak to your dentist, but the condition occurs so infrequently that it should not prevent you from getting the dental work that you need completed.

If you do experience Bell's palsy for a different reason, it is important that you visit your dentist regularly. There are concerns that when it comes to dental health, you won't be able to feel that side of your mouth to know if there is a problem. Please contact us today so we can help to keep an eye on the area.









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