Surgery is often used with success to treat
lingual nerve injuries from trauma or tooth extraction.
Surgery for lingual nerve damage due to local anesthetic injection
in the course of dental work is usually not recommended, and the jury is still out as to
whether it has any place in the management of this type of
For trauma and tooth extraction injuries, the
literature indicates good results from early intervention, so it
is important to see an oral surgeon early in order to access
whether you are a candidate, and when surgery might be
appropriate. Most data indicates that the surgery should be
done within 6 months of the date of injury, and many recommend
earlier intervention. I would suggest finding an oral
surgeon who has significant experience in this type of surgery, as
you want the best chance for a good outcome or complete
cure. A local oral surgeon may be able to refer you to a
surgeon who has expertise in this area. The message boards
on this site could be useful to ask additional questions in this
Palliation for Lingual Nerve Pain
If you have residual lingual nerve pain (painful
tongue), it can be
quite debilitating. I personally have lingual nerve pain, so
this is written with some experience. You should seek out a
Pain clinic that has experience with lingual nerve pain, or a
local Pain clinic that is willing to get educated in this
topic. The following is my brief synopsis of what I have
tried or been told for treatment of neuropathic pain resulting in
chronic pain or burning.
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