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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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I had a tooth extracted 3 months ago and suffered lingual nerve damage ever since. How long does healing take place?

Long time: Damaging of lingual nerve during extractions is not common but unfortunately not unusual. If due to local swelling and inflammation, it would have recovered by now. The regeneration of nerve takes a long time if is able to regenerate. I used to tell my patients it would take about a millimeter a month to recover. It is a long nerve in lower jaw so it takes a long time. ...Read more

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How effective are repair operations of lingual nerve damage from impacted wisdom tooth surgery after 4 months of injury? Which operation is the best?

How effective are repair operations of lingual nerve damage from impacted wisdom tooth surgery after 4 months of injury? Which operation is the best?

Ineffective: If, after a reasonable course of steroids, the patient reports decreased sensation and pain consistent with neuronal injury, neuropathic pain medications should then be considered. After 4 month the surgery is already known to be ineffective. See orofacial pain specialist for neuropathic pain management. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth extracted and suffered lingual nerve damage. How long until I recover?

I had my wisdom teeth extracted and suffered lingual nerve damage. How long until I recover?

See specialist ASAP: Very serious problem, In your area, I would recommend seeing a faculty orals surgeon at one of the NYC dental schools ASAP. ...Read more

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While I had my wisdom teeth extracted I suffered lingual nerve damage. I am wondering how long before this recovers?

While I had my wisdom teeth extracted I suffered lingual nerve damage. I am wondering how long before this recovers?

Serious problem: Lingual nerve injury is a serious problem. See an oral surgery faculty person at one of the local dental schools. UCSF or UOP. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wisdom teeth extracted and suffered lingual nerve damage. I am wondering how long before this recovers?

What do you suggest if my wisdom teeth extracted and suffered lingual nerve damage. I am wondering how long before this recovers?

Serious problem: Serious problem that needs to be addressed soon. Based on your location, I would recommend evaluation ASAP by the oral surgery department at one of the Philadelphia Dental Schools, either Temple or Penn.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best repair operation4 lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth surgery? Isit effective after4 monthsof injury? I've got burning&painin tongue

What is the best repair operation4 lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth surgery? Isit effective after4 monthsof injury? I've got burning&painin tongue

Did you try meds?: The lingual nerve is in a very difficult place to access surgically (almost impossible) without creating more problems. Have you by tied a course of steroid therapy to reduce the amount of nerve inflammation caused by our wisdom tooth surgery? That should be your first course of action, followed by possibly the injection of some meds at the injury site. Try to avoid surgery! ...Read more

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Does Alpha Lipioc acid treat burning and pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Does Alpha Lipioc acid treat burning and pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Not clear: Alpha lipioc acid supplementation has been studied in burning mouth syndrome which appears to act like neuropathic pain but is not due to frank lingual nerve damage. It may possible help and unlikely will be harmful. It may be worth a try for you. ...Read more

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Any medications 4 burning and pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth surgery? It's been 4 months now. Do steroids work?

Any medications 4 burning and pain in tongue from lingual nerve damage after impacted wisdom tooth surgery? It's been 4 months now. Do steroids work?

You need repair: You need to see a nerve Repaire specialist, an oral surgeon who specialist in nerve damage diagnosis and Repaire.
Steroids are only a temporary solution. ...Read more

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Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?

Several: We use different medications to help alleviate nerve pain. Amitryptilline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant that we never use for depression any more - it helps. Seizure medications like gabapentin, carbamezapine and valproic acid help. You may need more than one type of medication and sometimes you find out what works only by trial and error. See a neurologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any medications/herbs/supplements that help heal lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I suffer from burning and pain in tongue

Are there any medications/herbs/supplements that help heal lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I suffer from burning and pain in tongue

Nerve injury: Yes, Your Oral surgeon may try an antibiotic regimen coupled with a NSAID like para acetophenamen (tylenol). If the nerve was only bruised this often works. If there was an actual serving, a neurologist needs to be consulted. There is a possibility that "Botox" has a side effect to stimulate nerve growth. ...Read more

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Are there any medications or treatment for lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth extraction? I've got burning sensation and pain in my tongue and gum

Time and: Hopefully, this will resolve over time. There is considerable swelling and local trauma to your jaw at present. Have you tried ibuprofen or the other anti-inflammatory meds? Also consider discussing gabapentin with your doctor. This may calm the nerves at bit.. ...Read more

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My lingual nerve was damaged during wisdom tooth extraction. What can I should to promote the healing process?

My lingual nerve was damaged during wisdom tooth extraction. What can I should to promote the healing process?

Sadly: Paresthesia is a recognized complication. Depending on the level of damage, in not too severe cases, more often than not fortunately, the numbness is transient and resolves in time, sometimes upwards of a year. I would go get periodically checked by your dentist or oral surgeon to check the progress. ...Read more

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Does damaged lingual nerve from impacted wisdom tooth surgery heal itself as time goes on? I suffer pain &burning in tongue for 4 months.

Pain management: If, after a reasonable course of steroids, the patient reports decreased sensation and pain consistent with neuronal injury, neuropathic pain medications should then be considered. After 4 month the surgery is already known to be ineffective. See orofacial pain specialist for neuropathic pain management. Here is the link: http://www. Aaop. Org/content. Aspx? Page_id=2720&club_id=508439 ...Read more

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Oral nerve damage after wisdom teeth removal. What can I take?

Oral nerve damage after wisdom teeth removal. What can I take?

Nerve may Regenerate: There is nothing that I know of to speed up nerve regeneration. It often does happen over time. The first sign of nerve regeneration is usually a tingling feeling. If pain develops, see a neurologist or dentist trained in pain management, as Neurontin (gabapentin) may help. ...Read more

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How much time for lingual nerve to heal?

How much time for lingual nerve to heal?

Lingual nerve: From what: trauma? Surgery? Infection? Injection? Other? I would guess a few days to never. ...Read more

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My lingual nerve wasinjured during horizontally-impacted 3rd molar extraction. It's been 4 months now. I have pain & burning in tongue. Any medications?

My lingual nerve wasinjured during horizontally-impacted 3rd molar extraction. It's been 4 months now. I have pain & burning in tongue. Any medications?

Lingual nerve damage: Nothing other than time will help heal your problem. Lingual nerve issues typically have a poor prognosis if sensation has not improve at a year. Your dentist should be following you up. They probably have you a corticosteroid either pull or injection already but it wouldn't hurt to ask. These things are unfortunate, but they happen especially with impacted wisdom teeth. Call you dentist and ask ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with lingual nerve injury, likely the result of inferior aveolar nerve block for root canal. Is there a pain management rx?

I've been diagnosed with lingual nerve injury, likely the result of inferior aveolar nerve block for root canal. Is there a pain management rx?

Try this website:: I came across this website and cannot vouch for the suggestions for treatment but here is some information for you:

http://www. Sciential. Net/treatment%20options. Shtml. ...Read more

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Metallic Taste on Left Side of Tongue for over 3 Yrs since Wisdom Tooth Extract. My Ortho said the lingual nerve may hve been stretched causing trauma?

Metallic Taste on Left Side of Tongue for over 3 Yrs since Wisdom Tooth Extract. My Ortho said the lingual nerve may hve been stretched causing trauma?

Dysgeusia: Is a change in your sense of taste and a metallic taste due to a variety of causes; from anxiety to dental problems (failure of a dental crown), medications and treatments. ...Read more

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Hi doc Thanks for answer my half tongue is still numb and swellon but have sensation of tingling & burning. Is it symptoms of lingual nerve healing??

Hi doc Thanks for answer my half tongue is still numb and swellon but have sensation of tingling & burning. Is it symptoms of lingual nerve healing??

Good Sign: Tingling and burning means the impulses are getting through. Much better than no sensation at all. Be patient, can take up to six months. All the best... ...Read more

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Can periapical xrays show location of the lingual nerve in relation to the lower wisdom teeth? Are they ever used in planning wisdom tooth extraction?

No and no: The lingual nerve runs in the soft tissue and would not show up on a periapical or a panorex. A panorex is usually used to visualize the jaw, sinuses, and wisdom teeth, and their relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage heal?

Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available. ...Read more

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How permanent can nerve damage be?

Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement? ...Read more

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How do I know if I have nerve damage?

How do I know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve injury: An examination would be the place to start. If there is evidence of a nerve problem it could be further evaluated as to extent of injury with electro diagnostic testing. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more