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Could a tooth with nerve damage also have a sensitivity sensation, especially air?

Could a tooth with nerve damage also have a sensitivity sensation, especially air?

Yes: Depending upon the extent of the "nerve damage," a tooth can be sensitive to air. Also, a crack or fracture of the enamel can create a similar sensation. Has the tooth had a root canal? See a dentist or root canal specialist. ...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 it possible to remove half lower wisdom tooth when infected and very close to nerve? To avoid possible nerve damage.

Is it possible to remove half lower wisdom tooth when infected and very close to nerve? To avoid possible nerve damage.

Infected wisdom: These types of questions are best answered by a Board Certified Oral Surgeon who can clinically examine you and along with radiographs of the area discuss risks of surgery, treatment options and recommend what to do both before the surgery and afterwards should there be an unusual events during or after the surgery. Broad generalizations over the internet is not really helpful or fair to you. ...Read more

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I had a tooth pulled by a dentist on 2\14\11 which resulted in nerve damage. Several drs l8r, still unsure which branch is causing pain. Pls help.

I had a tooth pulled by a dentist on 2\14\11 which resulted in nerve damage.  Several drs l8r, still unsure which branch is causing pain.  Pls help.

First of all...: The affected nerve is Trigeminal nerve. Although I don't understand why it matters which nerve is causing the pain. You need to see a pain specialist. They are the only doctors with the current knowledge needed to help you with your problem. Then you need to follow their advice. See a board certified specialist in pain management and ask for an opinion. ...Read more

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Can ear nerve damage cause tooth pain?

Can ear nerve damage cause tooth pain?

No: Never heard of that relationship. See dentist for tooth pain. If negative exam, see orofacial-TMJ pain specialist. ...Read more

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Half of my tongue is numb after getting wisdomw tooth extracted . How long does nerve damage take to heal?

Half of my tongue is numb after getting wisdomw tooth extracted .  How long does nerve damage take to heal?

Varies: Usually the numbness goes away soon. Have your doctor evaluate how and where exactly you have numbness. Consider having your doctor prescribe a dose of steroids. Numbness can take months to resolve in some cases. ...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 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

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How common is nerve damage from lower wisdom tooth removal? Is risk lower if teeth have erupted significantly thru gums?

Paresthesia: In regards to wisdom tooth extractions, a patient's risk for experiencing paresthesia is related to the positional relationship between their tooth its associated nerves. Extractions where the roots are not fully formed (younger patients) are less problematic than extractions in adults where the roots are fully formed and near the inferior alveolar nerve. ...Read more

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Could I have nerve damage in a tooth even though X-rays don't show anything? Hot and sweets set it off and it sore when I tap the front of it!

Could I have nerve damage in a tooth even though X-rays don't show anything? Hot and sweets set it off and it sore when I tap the front of it!

Tooth: 1) dont tap it, likely to make it worse 2) call your dentist because there will come a time where advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) will NOT be able to relieve your pain, and any and all dental care at that point will not be comfortable.. ...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

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