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How do you know if there is nerve damage after a wisdom tooth extraction?

How do you know if there is nerve damage after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Altered sensation: Prolonged altered sensation in an area supplied by the nerve would suggest some nerve involvement. A wide range of sensations can be present. Some describe a pins and needle sensation, tingling, itching , burning, numbness and/or altered taste. Some may describe an increase in sensation or sensitivity in certain areas. ...Read more

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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Is bovine collagen a viable nerve regeneration option for nerve damage due to wisdom tooth extraction? Heard incredible things about it.

Is bovine collagen a viable nerve regeneration option for nerve damage due to wisdom tooth extraction? Heard incredible things about it.

Never heard as such : Bovine collagen has been used for many years in conjunction with bone graft to cover the grafted site, or as a bone substitute in areas that bone fill is desired. I have never heard of any potential, nor capability for nerve regeneration. Please double check with your surgeon... You might be misunderstood. Othrwise this is a dangerous, non-science based claim. ...Read more

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How severe can nerve damage be after a wisdom tooth extraction? Is there a chance of a droopy/paralyzed lip?

How severe can nerve damage be after a wisdom tooth extraction? Is there a chance of a droopy/paralyzed lip?

No: The lip will not be paralyzed. However, there is low risk of lower lip numbness or tongue numbness from a wisdom tooth extraction. The sensation usually feels "heavy". ...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?

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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Dentist says nerve damage may have been done during wisdom tooth extraction half of tongue is numb, but is starting to tingle is this a good sign?

Dentist says nerve damage may have been done during wisdom tooth extraction half of tongue is numb, but is starting to tingle is this a good sign?

Nerve tear/stretch: When a nerve ha been excessively stretched or torn, there is a chance for it to regrow as ling as the myelin coating is intact. When regrowth occurs the nerve will attempt to grow back to its oringinal position. The growth of a peripheral nerve is a mm each 3 days. the tingle may represent the nerve ending making contact with its oringinal position on the tongue. ...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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How do you treat nerve damage for the front of my teeth after my wisdom teeth extraction?

How do you treat nerve damage for the front of my teeth after my wisdom teeth extraction?

Need more info: What type of nerve damage are you referring to? Was the nerve in your lower jaw damaged during procedure or are you talking about the teeth being sensitive due to secondary trauma during the procedure? ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from wisdom teeth extraction cause facial paralysis?

Can nerve damage from wisdom teeth extraction cause facial paralysis?

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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dry socket after tooth extraction?

What are symptoms of dry socket after tooth extraction?

Pain and foul taste: Most patients who are diagnosed witn a dry socket complain of varying degrees of pain and a foul taste, usually within 2-5 days following the extraction of the tooth. In my practice, the majority of dry sockets occur with extractions in the lower jaw. ...Read more

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Can a nerve after a tooth extraction cause socket to heal slower then it should?

Can a nerve after a tooth extraction cause socket to heal slower then it should?

Irrelevant: Excessive use of alcohol, smoking or infection may slow healing, but not a nerve. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of osteomyelitis after tooth extraction?

What are symptoms of osteomyelitis after tooth extraction?

Pain and smell: You will experience pain radiating through the area of the extraction. Also, if you gently rub a q-tip in the socket it will have a severe stench called feder oris or foul smell. This is a dry socket. Either a clot or "scab" was lost or never formed and sometimes your body will treat it as a foreign body and dissolve . See a dentist for treatment which is easy and provides quick relief. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of osteomyelitis after tooth extraction?

What are the main symptoms of osteomyelitis after tooth extraction?

Swelling and pain: Osteomyelitis is advanced bone inflammation usually after untreated dry socket following the extraction, it's usually very painfull from the massive infection.. ...Read more

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Maxillary sinusitis and tooth extraction? Please describe to me the symptoms and treatment options.

Maxillary sinusitis and tooth extraction? Please describe to me the symptoms and treatment options.

Pressure congestion: In some people the roots of a tooth, especially the molars can extend into the sinus cavity. With extraction, bacteria can easily enter the sinus cavity. Symptoms are severe facial pressure , nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge and possibly a bad taste or smell from the nose. Treatment involves antibiotics, decongestants, nasal washes. In severe cases outpatient surgery is needed. ...Read more

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3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction. Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction.  Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

Definitely, no: Your diet may consist of any food that can be chewed and successfully swallowed. Good luck! ...Read more

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If nerve from a lower wisdom tooth extraction isn't damaged, is there any reason paresthesia would be permanent?

If nerve from a lower wisdom tooth extraction isn't damaged, is there any reason paresthesia would be permanent?

The other reason: is due to a chronic disease, such as diabetes, or occurs as a complication of treatments like chemotherapy. Anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs or corticosteroid drugs are recommended if the person's symptoms are mild. However, paresthesia as a complication of lower wisdom tooth extraction or dental injection is possible. ...Read more

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Took 10mg temazepam before tooth extraction to calm nerves. Dentist prescribed panadeine forte for pain. Will I be okay to take this?

Took 10mg temazepam before tooth extraction to calm nerves. Dentist prescribed panadeine forte for pain. Will I be okay to take this?

Only: The only one who knows your medical and dental histories and your physiology is your Dentist. If your Dentist was concerned he/she would not have prescribed these medications. You trust your Dentist to do surgery, trust him/her to prescribe the appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still pus draining. Any ideas?

Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still pus draining. Any ideas?

Infection present: Neutrophils or certain white blood cells are the first line of defense against infection. This makes up most of the pus you see. You most likely still have infection present. Whether it is from dying bone or residual tooth root, or a consistent draining from the sinus. I wouldn't be able to tell with out an x-ray. If you have pus draining it could be from another tooth. ...Read more

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Dental abcess, had tooth extraction afraid some vact is still in blood..Wht blood cells are good..Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Dental abcess, had tooth extraction  afraid some vact is still in blood..Wht blood cells are good..Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Follow-up: The dentist who extracted your tooth is the one responsible for your follow-up after care. When was the tooth removed and when did you finish your course of antibiotics? Any questions or concerns should be addressed to that health care provider. ...Read more

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I had a wisdom tooth extraction last week and I have paresthesia on the left side of my tongue. Are there exercises that can help the nerve recover?

I had a wisdom tooth extraction last week and I have paresthesia on the left side of my tongue. Are there exercises that can help the nerve recover?

No: Unfortunately there is little you can do to speed the recovery of the injured nerve other than the obvious: rest, and nutritious diet. Do avoid heavy chewing that might cause you to bite side of tongue. Chewing more slowly may help you avoid such accidental biting. ...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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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) 300 mg po tid a very safe drug to take given for inflamed nerve after tooth extraction and otitis media and slite vertigo?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Neurontin (gabapentin) is an excellent medication for nerve pain related to the tooth extraction. The dosage of 300 mg three times a day is high for people not used to taking neurontin and you may feel drowsy and unbalanced. It is a safe drug and allergic reactions are uncommon. Some people will develop swelling in the extremities and weight gain over a few weeks of taking the medication. ...Read more

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Hypersenstive nerve in jaw after tooth extraction years ago . Just started again with compression from denture. Had lyrica (pregabalin) became ill. What can I do ?

Hypersenstive nerve in jaw after tooth extraction years ago . Just started  again with compression from denture. Had lyrica (pregabalin) became ill. What can I do ?

See Prosthodontist: See the Prosthodontist and likely the Oral Surgeon. The inferior alveolar nerve bundle may no longer be covered in bone. Alteration of denture, repositioning of nerve, implants may all be topics of discussion. Need panoramic and 3D imaging to fully assess the anatomy. Good Luck. ...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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I'm age 27, have one wisdom tooth, looks to be horizontal in x-ray, upper jaw. Is nerve damage likely during extraction? Don't want to be numb forever

Likely no: Any surgery can potentially result in numbness, however, transient or longer lasting numbness following wisdom tooth removal is usually associated with the teeth removed from the lower jaw. Indefinite numbness in either jaw is a rare event and high risk cases can usually be determined beforehand. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

See oral surgeon: Contact the oral surgeon that performed the extraction. There are many variables, if the numbness is reducing that is a good sign. If the numbness continues, a neurosurgeon may be needed, don't wait as time is of the essence. ...Read more

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1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

Recovery: You had surgery. May take longer than a week to recover. should, however, be feeling a little better every day. If that's not what you are experiencing, or if you would like to be seen for a follow-up visit, please call your Surgeon, the practitioner that knows you best. They may want to see you to evaluate healing, change meds, etc. ...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