Oral Nerve Injury                     



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Easy to remember URL is www.lingualnerve.org.  

Espaņol - Supported and translated by: Carballo, J. Garrido, M. & Iglesias, E.  Email

Lingual nerve injury or damage can result in anesthesia (numb tongue), paresthesia (tingling), or dysesthesia ( pain and burning ) in the tongue and inner mucosa of the mouth. This can be due to complication of tooth extraction of the wisdom teeth ( third molar ) or dental anesthetic injection (nerve block) for fillings, crowns. It result in a chronic pain syndrome or neuropathy.  If the inferior alveolar nerve is involved, numbness of the lip may result.

Some people have injury to the inferior alveolar nerve.  While this site was created addressing lingual nerve damage, inferior alveolar nerve damage is even more common.  The injury can result in anesthesia, paresthesia, or dysesthesia of the chin, lower lip, and the jaw.  This nerve can be injured by injection, but is more commonly injured during wisdom tooth extraction.  It can also be injured by root canal procedures, other tooth extractions and with placement of implants. 

Tooth extraction is one of the  leading causes of lingual nerve and inferor alveolar nerve damage, usually the third molars  ( wisdom teeth).  ...MORE


Lingual or inferior alveolar nerve injury from injection of local anesthetic during a dental procedure can also happen, and some think it is happening more often....MORE


Painful lingual (tongue) nerve or inferior alveolar (jaw, chin, lip) injuries are difficult to live with, and to treat, but here is a list of options...MORE

Traumatic injuries to the lingual nerve are rare, partially due to its protected location, to the inside of the mandibular bone.


Choices for dental procedures with avoidance of needles and anesthetic injections, and the associated complications... MORE


Have a question, try the discussion board.  This area has been very successful, ask questions, share your experience with others.. MORE


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