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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. ...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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does nerve pain feel like?

Nerve Pain: Nerve pain can express itself in a few different ways, depending on the location and cause of the nerve injury or damage. Increased sensitivity at the skin area served by the damaged nerve is common. Numbness along the path of the damaged nerve may be constant or intermittent. Discomfort may occur with a stabbing sensation or a burning sensation and may increase with movement. ...Read more

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Any cases of amytriptlene helping with nerve pain?

Might work: Amitryptyline is a rather old drug, but years ago was used for trigeminal neuralgia, migraine headache, shingles, etc. Likely would help modestly, but has substantial anti-cholinergic side effects, and newer agents such as Lyrica (pregabalin) seem better tolerated and more efficacious. ...Read more

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What kind of dr. Takes care of sciated nerve pain?

There are many: Generally it is good to start with your primary care physician who may evaluate the signs and symptoms and determine if indeed it is sciatica or something more serious. The pcp may initiate medications and physical therapy. They may also start the imaging process with MRI scans. If there is a herniated disc or stenosis they may refer you to a spine specialist (orthopedic or neurosurgery). ...Read more

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What's the optimal online resource for diagnosing nerve pain?

What's the optimal online resource for diagnosing nerve pain?

Be careful: Self diagnosis and the general web information can be dangerous. I would turn to your healthcare provider, webmd or simply healthtap as resources to learn from. ...Read more

Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more