A 29-year-old male asked:
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I'm age 27, have one wisdom tooth, looks to be horizontal in x-ray, upper jaw. Is nerve damage likely during extraction? Don't want to be numb forever

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience in Dentistry
Hard to say: Important that you know that possibility. A 3d x-ray (cat scan) may clearly show the proximity of your tooth and the mandibular nerve giving the oral surgeon better information, prior to the procedure. Even knowing this, many 3rd molars like yours are removed without permanent "numbness" -a lot depends on the talent and technique of the surgeon.
Answered on Mar 30, 2014
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