The mouth is a highly complex body part, and whilst nerve damage during dental procedures is highly uncommon, accidents can happen. At the Dental Law Partnership, we have represented many patients who have been left with lingual nerve damage after undergoing dental work.
To understand the gravity of lingual nerve damage, you must first understand that as one of the mandibular nerve branches, the lingual nerve controls the nerve endings for two-thirds of the anterior portion of the tongue. So, if this area is damaged during dental work, it can have huge consequences that can affect your ability to taste, speak and chew.
One of the most common procedures that can cause damage to the lingual nerve is the removal of wisdom teeth in the lower jaw. Though most of these injuries are temporary in nature, and after eight weeks most tend to heal on their own, in some cases the damage can be permanent.
At the Dental Law Partnership, our team of expert dental solicitors understand that dental nerve damage is never a minor thing. This type of injury can be debilitating and permanent, and if you believe that the damage has been caused due to the negligence of your dentist, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your situation with one of our expert team, call today on 0808 120 8730 or request a call back
If you are dealing with lingual nerve damage that doesn’t seem to be improving, there are several treatment options available that may enhance recovery and help you to regain some of the sensation in your mouth. These include:
Symptoms of lingual nerve damage can include, but are not limited to:
Lingual nerve damage can be difficult to deal with, but in most cases the effects will slowly subside over the course of 6 months and you will regain the functionality that you had prior to undergoing dental work. However, if you are still suffering the consequences of lingual nerve damage after the 6-month mark, unfortunately the damage is probably permanent.
If this is the case and you believe that the cause of your injury is due to the negligence of your dentist, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our expert dental negligence solicitors today