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Is a mandibular nerve block the same as a regular local anesthesia injection?

Is a mandibular nerve block the same as a regular local anesthesia injection?

It's a type: Of local anesthesia, yes. Sometimes it's done in addition to general anesthesia, depending on the procedure you're having done and who is doing it. It blocks a handful of nerves in that genera area so that at least half of your mouth becomes numb.

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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Concerning lateral pterygoid muscle, why protrusive action functions to test intactness of mandibular nerve?

Concerning lateral pterygoid muscle, why protrusive action functions to test intactness of mandibular nerve?

Lateral pterygoid: The motor function of the mandibular branch of the fifth cranial nerve is tested by asking the patient to clench their teeth together and to open their mouth against resistance. The "thumb" test is the only reliable test to examine lateral pterygoid muscle.

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I trust my dentist to do an implant but I hope he does not cut into my mandibular nerve. Do I ask if the positioning of this nerve can be a problem?

I trust my dentist to do an implant but I hope he does not cut into my mandibular nerve. Do I ask if the positioning of this nerve can be a problem?

Always ask.: You should always ask ANY question that you think is important. In this case, the dentist should be able to show you radiographic evidence to support the answer- possibly 3D data. However, implants are very common and not as scary as the internet might make you believe.

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Does a dental panoramic X-ray show the positioning of the mandibular nerve in the lower jaw for implant planning?

Does a dental panoramic X-ray show the positioning of the mandibular nerve in the lower jaw for implant planning?

No: X-ray is2dimensional representation of a 3 dimensional object. A CBCT (Cone Beam CAT Scan) allows 360 degree look at the area.

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How to know if I have nerve damage?

How to know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: Please consult with your primary care physician or a neurologist for a thorough exam.

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury.

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What can happen if I have nerve damage?

What can happen if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage most often leads to either burning pain, weakness and numbness. The most important thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the nerve injury and if possible to treat it.

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What are the symptoms of spine nerve damage?

What are the symptoms of spine nerve damage?

Yes: It can cause pain, weakness, numbness, burning pain, spasm, or coldness or other more bizarre symptoms in the innervated areas., see a doctor if you have those symptoms.

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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable, and the acupuncture needles flexible. Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve. Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided. Acupuncture points are located along the fascias (very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves.

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How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

Cubital tunnel: Most commonly, ulnar nerve is trapped at the level of the olecranon fossa at back of the elbow, and treatment can involve medication, pt, steroid injection, or surgical nerve transfer out of harms way. Less common, is involvement of median nerve at the front of the elbow. An EMG study can help guide treatment interventions.

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Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Yes: Some nerves give feedback to your brain and spinal cord, helping your body to protect them. When they fail, the joints can be exposed to excess force without you knowing it. This is called a neuropathic (or charcot) joint. It is seen fairly often in the feet of people with the neuropathy (nerve damage) associated with diabetes mellitus.

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How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

DependsOnTypeInjury: If the nerve is crushed, given time it will probably grow back on its own in 1-2 yrs. If it was severed, it may or may not repair itself. Physical rehabilitation can help the re-wiring process. Also, if the nerve is injured due to inflammation, neuroprolotherapy may help function return.

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Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Possibly: Men that have had back surgery especially lowered in the spinal column in the area where the nerves control the reproductive area may develop subfertility. This surgery may compromise the ability to ejaculate and maintain erection and may even possibly affect sperm production.

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Any solution for penile nerve damage?

Here are some...: First, one needs to figure out what & why makes you think that you have penile nerve damage. So, collect the related information on the onset, degree, & progress over time with its sequence of events, & bring those to Doc for anylysis, physicals, & possible tests so to deduce possible Dx for proposing possible Rx. But, up to now, there is no known Rx to solve nerve damage, but lifestyle may help..

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What causes chorda tympani nerve damage?

What causes chorda tympani nerve damage?

Usually Bell's palsy: If the bell's involves a more complex and distal portion of nerve vii, can see issues with this nerve. Also, involved in "nervus intermedius" neuralgia, and when acoustic neuromas become very large.

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Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Variable: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. This is because the nerve regenerates only about one inch per month. Alternatively, if the extent of damage is uncertain after the original surgery, physical therapy is prescribed for three months.

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