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What are the Symptoms of Lingual Nerve Damage?

Stem-CellsLingual nerve damage is one of the major complications of tooth extraction. There are common symptoms of lingual nerve damage which are similar among affected individuals. In this article, there is a brief discussion on the lingual nerve damage symptoms. Let us examine them.

Lingual nerve damage – Symptoms

The common symptoms of lingual nerve damage are mentioned below:

    • Burning sensation: Nerve damage of the tongue can cause burning sensation. This symptom might be experienced a few days after the tooth extraction procedure.
    • Numbness tingling feeling: A few patients may also experience numbness or tingling feeling similar to like chewing on foil. This is the most common symptom of lingual nerve damage.
    • Tugging or pulling sensation: A temporary damage to the lingual nerve might also cause pulling or tugging sensation of the tongue.
    • No control on the saliva: This is another common symptom of lingual nerve damage. Due to the damage to the tongue nerve, the tongue might lose its function and behave as dead. Thus, patients affected with lingual nerve damage might not have control on their saliva.
    • Pain: This is most common symptom among all patients affected with tongue nerve damage after the tooth extraction procedure. The pain could be mild to severe or uncontrollable.
    • Discomfort: This is another most common symptom of lingual nerve damage. Patients with lingual nerve damage generally have discomfort when eating, chewing, talking and in performing other routine tongue functions.

These symptoms can be mild or severe and may need immediate medical attention. There are various treatment procedures which are followed based on the patient’s condition.

Treatment options for lingual nerve damage:

Lingual nerve damage can be treated by following appropriate treatment. Surgery is the one of the treatment options for lingual nerve damage.

There are various treatment methods for treating lingual nerve pain. These include Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Pharmacologic (drug), Capsaicin candies, Tongue splints, Gum chewing, Topical Lidocaine, Neurectomy, Nerve block, etc.

The above listed ones are some of the common symptoms of lingual nerve damage and the treatment options. The damage of the lingual nerve can occur due to the various factors such as poor care during the tooth extraction or injection. The lingual nerve damage could be temporary or permanent. Though the damage could be temporary, it generally take several years to heal the damaged tongue.

1 response to What are the Symptoms of Lingual Nerve Damage?

  1. The end of Sept. 2011 (3 months ago), my dentist replaced silver fillings for white fillings. My tongue has been numb since that time and I have a burning sensation on my tongue after I eat certain foods. Nothing tastes right. I remember during one of the dentists injection the “shock” feeling.

    I’ve just been waiting hoping that it will get better because I’ve read on lingual nerve damage sites that the numbness goes away in 85% of people. I’m not interested in considering surgery.

    Does anyone have other recommendations or a similar experience? Should I just wait it out and hope it gets better?


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