Pain Managment For Atlanta Dental Implant Nerve Injuries
Injury to a nerve is the most common problem I encounter as a Dental Malpractice Attorney. This type of injury is caused by the implant being too long for the application or being screwed too far into the bone and compromising the inferior alveolar nerve canal.
Unfortunately, this type of nerve damage is almost always permanent. While damage to skin tissue or bone often heals, the same cannot be said for nerve injuries. This underscores the need to avoid the malpractice that causes these injuries in the first place by, for instance, not relying solely on x-rays (which sometimes lack the clarity needed to know the exact distance to the nerve canal).
In addition the resulting numbness, many patients suffer from debilitating pain. Many find this hard to comprehend (i.e., how can I be numb and have severe pain at the same time in the same area). Suffice to say that the interaction between the central nervous system and sensory nerves are extremely complicated and that there is a very complicated medical explanation, but we can leave it at: it is possible and it does happen to many of my clients who are the victims of dental malpractice while undergoing dental implant procedures.
Some treatments that have provided partial relief from pain secondary to dental implant nerve damage are: near-infrared therapy, stellate ganglion block, medication, and surgery. Many of my clients have suffered greatly with the pain from this type of injury. It has been my experience that surgery, while hopeful, rarely can reconnect the nerve and result in full recovery. In fact, reconnection can sometimes lead to increased pain due to the complex anatomical structure of the inferior alveolar nerve.
Each individual and each injury is unique. What works for someone may not work for you. If you suffer from numbness and/or pain after a dental implant, you should seek help and advice as soon as possible. In fact, the longer you wait, the less likely a subsequent oral surgeon can help.