Nerve Injury and Nerve Repair
There are two nerves in the mouth that are at risk for injury during surgical procedures. These nerves are called the inferior alveolar nerve and the lingual nerve. When it comes to nerve injury, “time is nerve.” Studies show that nerves repaired before 90 days after the injury had a significantly better chance for sensation recovery than those that were repaired after 90 days.
Time is Nerve: Nerves repair before the 90 day mark after injury have a significantly higher chance for recovery
The Inferior Alveolar Nerve (IAN):
The inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) runs in the lower jaw just below the teeth. It gives sensation to the lower teeth as well as the lip and chin. This nerve doesn’t cause movement of any kind to the mouth or face- only sensation. Most of the time when there are changes in sensation to the lip and chin these resolve on their own. If, however, the sensation doesn’t get any better after about 2 weeks, it’s time to seek expert help. Dr. Baker uses the most advanced techniques in nerve repair to bring a 91% success rate in return to functional sensory recovery.The Inferior alveolar nerve is highlighted in RED.
The Lingual Nerve (LN):
The lingual nerve is the nerve that gives sensation and taste to the tongue. There is one lingual nerve to each half of the tongue. When this nerve is damaged it usually results in half of the tongue feeling heavy, numb and without taste. Like the IAN, the lingual nerve is a sensation/taste nerve only. It does not affect the movement of the tongue. Repair of this nerve using advanced microsurgical techniques also results in an 89% plus chance of functional sensory recovery.
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