Nerve damage after wisdom teeth removal
Whilst fairly rare, it is possible that some people will experience nerve damage from a tooth removal procedure. Wisdom teeth specifically are sometimes found close to a nerve which supplies feeling to the lips and tongue, which can mean that extraction has a higher risk of causing some level of nerve damage than many other dental procedures. Your dentist should discuss any such risk with you before undertaking a procedure like this, to ensure that you can give informed consent for the treatment.
See if you have a case for dental negligence
If you have had a wisdom tooth removed and have suffered nerve damage as a result, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your dentist was at fault. Your dentist will only be deemed negligent if the injury (in this case, nerve damage) was avoidable, and it was their error or poor standards of care that caused you harm.
If you believe that your nerve damage was caused by your dentist’s negligence when you had a wisdom tooth extracted, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with our expert team for more information and to find out if you have a claim.