Lingual Nerve Injury Lawyer
Why Is My Tongue Numb After Tooth Extraction?
The Virginia and Washington, DC lawyers at Bartoli Cain Wason have handled many dental malpractice cases and advocate for those harmed with lingual nerve injuries as a result of negligent dental treatment. The Virginia and Washington, DC lawyers at Bartoli Cain Wason have successfully settled these cases and won them at trial.
What Causes Tongue Numbness After Tooth Extraction?
Lingual nerves can be severed or damaged when dentists, oral surgeons, or other dental professionals do not use proper techniques during dental treatment, especially during extraction of wisdom teeth or other mandibular molars. Many people have experienced numbness when the dentist administers an injection to block nerves to let the dentist perform the treatment without the patient feeling it. If your tongue is numb for a prolonged period of time (> 24 hours) after a dental procedure, there may be something wrong with your lingual nerve.
What Is A Lingual Nerve?
Sensation to the tongue is provided primarily by two sets of nerves that run together on each side of the mouth, the lingual nerve and the chorda tympani. The lingual nerve provides the feeling. The chorda tympani handles taste. Often, if one is injured, the other will be also. These are sensory nerves. They do not control your ability to move the tongue.
The lingual nerve is part of the trigeminal nerve system, as are other nerves related to sensation in the area of the mouth, such as the inferior alveolar nerve and the mental nerve, which may be affected if the symptoms are more of lip or chin numbness. Typically, although there are variations in its course, the lingual nerve is separated from the teeth by a thin bone known as the lingual cortical plate.
How Can Bartoli Cain Wason Help
As lawyers who regularly handle dental malpractice cases and have extensive experience with lingual nerve injuries, we represent patients who have suffered permanent injuries to their lingual nerves as a result of negligence by a dentist, periodontist, oral surgeon or other dental professionals. Contact us right away to schedule a free legal consultation and get the assistance you need to protect your rights and receive the maximum compensation and justice that you deserve.