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Doctor insights on: Wisdom Teeth Nerve Damage

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Could wisdom teeth cause nerve damage?

Could wisdom teeth cause nerve damage?

Not likely: Occasionally, when a lower wisdom tooth is removed, that nerve will be bumped or bruised and if so a change in sensation may be temporary or permanent. ...Read more

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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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Can wisdom teeth removal cause nerve damage?

Can wisdom teeth removal cause nerve damage?

Rare: Very rate. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral surgeon. ...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 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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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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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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Hi. I had my wisdom teeth out 2 weeks ago and got dry socket and parathesia. The dry socket feels ok, but I have pain in my chin. Is that nerve damage?

Hi. I had my wisdom teeth out 2 weeks ago and got dry socket and parathesia. The dry socket feels ok, but I have pain in my chin. Is that nerve damage?

Possibly: Although there may be other causes, chances are it's related to your surgery and the post-surgical complications. Return to the Dentist or Oral Surgeon who did the surgery for a reevaluation ASAP. ...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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Please tell me, are wisdom teeth attached to nerves?

Of course : like any other tooth, wisdom teeth are innervated by the Trigeminal Nerve. One of the potential complications associated with wisdom tooth removal is a nerve damage. ...Read more

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Can the nerves that may be damaged in wisdom teeth removal control movement of facial structures?

Yes: The fifth cranial nerve which enervates the teeth will result in a temporary or permanent numbness of the lips if damaged. Discuss with your doctor prior to the procedure. ...Read more

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Will wisdom teeth affect the nerves in my body?

Will wisdom teeth affect the nerves in my body?

Body effects: There is an enormous amount of inflammation and hormones released after serious body trauma such as having a tooth pulled. ...Read more

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My bottom wisdom teeth roots are wrapped around the facial nerve, so they can't be removed. So, what can I do for pain from my wisdom teeth?

My bottom wisdom teeth roots are wrapped around the facial nerve, so they can't be removed. So, what can I do for pain from my wisdom teeth?

Coronectomy: is a surgical option for impacted lower wisdom tooth in close proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve. A coronectomy is a procedure in which only the crown of a lower wisdom tooth is removed, leaving the root intact. For your information inferior alveolar nerve is a branch of the trigeminal nerve, not facial. Respectfully. ...Read more

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Is it required to have my wisdom teeth removed? Heard things such as the risk of contracting any type of disease/nerve problems if you don't?

Is it required to have my wisdom teeth removed? Heard things such as the risk of contracting any type of disease/nerve problems if you don't?

Get them checked: It is not required--this is a free country and you can choose. Not removing wisdom teeth carries risks, but they range from minor (increased difficulty cleaning your teeth) to severe (destruction of adjacent teeth, or infections). Only your dentist can help you determine if it would be more beneficial to remove your wisdom teeth than to leave them in. Go see your dentist. ...Read more

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My bottom wisdom teeth are impacted and are near a major nerve. What is the best course of action?

My bottom wisdom teeth are impacted and are near a major nerve. What is the best course of action?

Discuss w/ surgeon.: It sounds like you are saying that the lower wisdom teeth are located near the inferior alveolar nerve. This nerve runs into your jaw and exits near your premolars (bicuspids) and runs to your lower lip. If this nerve is severed, then you will lose the feeling to one of the sides of your lower lip. Discuss all risks and benefits with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment. ...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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My lower left chin and lip are numb and itching from getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Does that mean the nerves are healing ?

My lower left chin and lip are numb and itching from getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Does that mean the nerves are healing ?

Progressive ...: ... Improvement in the feeling you have, compared to what it was after the local anesthesia had completely worn off, is your indication of healing. For example, if your lip was completely numb the day after surgery but now itchy several days later, that improvement is an indication of the nerve recovering. Your surgeon will explain this in more detail. ...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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My wisdom teeth are lodged into my jaw bone and very close to a nerve in my mouth. Should i be worried?

Yes: All wisdom teeth are in the bone. Your issue is proximity to the nerve canal which carries the feeling nerve for your lip and chin. Make sure you are being treated by an experienced dentist or oral ; maxillofacial surgeon. The chances of a nerve injury are low if the tooth is removed with care. ...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.

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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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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