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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can nerve damage from wisdom teeth extraction cause facial paralysis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Hard to connect: Not aware of how these could be connected. Need to consider more information to figure this out.
Dr. Theodore Grellner
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 49 years experience
Unlikely: The nerves most at risk for injury, especially when the roots of the wisdom teeth are fully grown, are the lower jaw nerves that give feeling to the lower jaw, teeth and lower lip. The nerve that causes movement of the facial muscles is not located close to the wisdom teeth but could conceivably receive pressure during support of the lower jaw. I have not yet seen such an injury though.
Last updated Jan 6, 2019


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