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Complication of wisdom tooth extractions - paraesthesia?

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Dr. Daniel Quon answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Possible: The root of the mandibular wisdom tooth is usually the closest tooth to the inferior alveolar nerve which is supplies sensory sensation to the lower jaw. Depending on the position of the wisdom tooth in relationship to the nerve, as well as the techniques used to remove the wisdom tooth, as well as other teeth, paresthesia, or altered sensation to an area the nerve supplies can occur.

Answered 7/6/2012

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Dr. Daniel Quon answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

One of the risks: Paresthesia of the inferior alveolar nerve is one of the potential risks associated with the removal of impacted mandibular wisdom teeth. Factors affecting the risk may include the position and stage of development of the impacted tooth, as well as the skill level and technique of the dentist and/or surgeon.

Answered 9/8/2012

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Can be: May be permanent or transient. The nerve takes the longest time to heal, so patience is paramount. Typically you feel improvement over time. This indicates that the healing process is proceeding. Good luck.

Answered 1/31/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Paresthesia: is a rarer complication of wisdom teeth extraction. See your surgeon for post-op evaluation and a proper parasthesia treatment as early as possible. The sooner rather than later for a better outcome.

Answered 1/31/2015

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Dr. Peter Susanin answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Periodontics

Possible paresthesia: Removal of lower wisdom teeth that are in proximity to the mandibular canal can have the possibility of causing temporary or permanent paresthesia or numbness. They are situation independent.

Answered 2/20/2015

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