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Dr. B
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Jan-03-06, 11:21 PM (CST)
 
"Please email me with your story"
 
   I have been totally horrified by the postings lately. I would like to collect the "horror" stories to possibly publish on my website to educate who ever I can as to the damage that can be done. I will also attempt to get some media attention but I cannot promise this will happen.

So Eric, T, Ness, Joanne, Mike and all of you. No hurry, when you have a chance, just put your story as to how your injury occured and email it to me. I should have thought to save some emails from the start, but did not.


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  RE: Please email me with your story healing mouth Jan-04-06 1
     RE: Please email me with your story Joanne Jan-04-06 2
         RE: Please email me with your story Mary J Jan-08-06 3
             RE: Please email me with your story BP Jan-20-06 5
             RE: Please email me with your story Stuart Jan-22-06 6
  RE: Please email me with your story Sabertooth Jan-17-06 4
     RE: Please email me with your story labshark Jan-30-06 7
     RE: Please email me with your story CraigMaxwellDDS Feb-06-06 15
  RE: Please email me with your story Candice Jan-30-06 8
     RE: Please email me with your story cforte Jan-30-06 9
     RE: Please email me with your story Dr. B Jan-30-06 10
     RE: Please email me with your story Lyn 1 Aussie Feb-16-06 16
  RE: Please email me with your story Randy Sue Feb-05-06 11
     RE: Please email me with your story Dr. B Feb-05-06 12
  RE: Please email me with your story catchmeifyacan Feb-05-06 13
     RE: Please email me with your story Tesa Apr-22-06 33
         RE: Please email me with your story JoanieKnibbe Apr-29-06 35
  RE: Please email me with your story wickedvixen Feb-06-06 14
  RE: Please email me with your story Midnight_Bishop Mar-08-06 17
     RE: Please email me with your story Joanne Mar-08-06 18
  RE: Please email me with your story Frank Mar-20-06 19
     RE: Please email me with your story Kat Mar-28-06 20
  RE: Please email me with your story Ann Mar-29-06 21
  RE: Please email me with your story June Mar-30-06 22
     RE: Please email me with your story CJ Mar-31-06 23
         RE: Please email me with your story June Apr-01-06 24
             RE: Please email me with your story CJ Apr-01-06 25
                 RE: Please email me with your story June Apr-01-06 26
                     RE: Please email me with your story CJ Apr-01-06 27
                         RE: Please email me with your story June Apr-02-06 28
                             RE: Please email me with your story CJ Apr-03-06 29
                             RE: To June Dr B Apr-04-06 30
                                 RE: To June June 123 Apr-10-06 31
  RE: Please email me with your story Tesa Apr-22-06 32
     RE: Please email me with your story June 123 Apr-24-06 34
     RE: Please email me with your story friend10 May-06-06 36
         RE: Please email me with your story June 123 May-08-06 37
             RE: Please email me with your story Ginny Jun-10-06 38
  RE: Please email me with your story msg1973 Jun-12-06 39
     RE: Please email me with your story CJ Jun-12-06 40
         RE: Please email me with your story msg1973 Jun-14-06 41
             RE: Please email me with your story joulzw Jun-14-06 42
             RE: Please email me with your story CJ Jun-14-06 43
  RE: Please email me with your story snody Jun-20-06 44
  RE: Please email me with your story mcc1254 Jul-06-06 45
     RE: Please email me with your story Dr B Jul-06-06 46
  RE: Please email me with your story TraZey Jul-07-06 47
  RE: Please email me with your story klarkan Aug-28-06 48
  RE: Please email me with your story Ann Aug-28-06 49
  RE: Please email me with your story SteveT Sep-01-06 50
     RE: Please email me with your story steveT Dec-20-06 59
  RE: Please email me with your story robertadpaul Sep-04-06 51
     RE: Please email me with your story Dr B Sep-04-06 52
  RE: Please email me with your story sue_val Sep-10-06 53
  RE: Please email me with your story Deb Sep-14-06 54
  RE: Please email me with your story Dr J Sep-15-06 55
  RE: Please email me with your story 1agentSD Sep-25-06 56
  RE: Please email me with your story 1agentSD Sep-28-06 57
  RE: Please email me with your story rhonda Oct-02-06 58
  RE: Please email me with your story jsavage962 Jan-15-07 60
  RE: Please email me with your story great sto kermick000 Jan-17-07 61
  RE: Please email me with your story aromick Feb-05-07 62
     RE: Please email me with your story mlamagruff_63 Feb-07-07 63
  RE: Please email me with your story diane Feb-07-07 64
  RE: Please email me with your story (02/25/07 j4d3t1g3r Feb-24-07 65
  RE: Please email me with your story vickij Mar-26-07 66
  RE: Please email me with your story nancyr Apr-15-07 67
  RE: Please email me with your story cursed Apr-17-07 68
     RE: Please email me with your story Dr B Apr-17-07 69
         RE: Please email me with your story cursed Apr-17-07 70
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                 RE: Please email me with your story Dr B Apr-18-07 72
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healing mouth
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Jan-04-06, 08:57 AM (CST)
 
1. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Me too. Like the previous poster, my life revolves around being in bed now, no enthusiasm now. We really got to get these barbaric surgeons and dentists names out there, ruin their lives like they did ours.


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Joanne
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Jan-04-06, 11:44 AM (CST)
 
2. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi Dr. B,

Will do. I have my legal statements of fact which detail everything and then I will do the rest from after I terminated the lawsuit to present day, and all the TMJ/cranio-dental problems that erupted in October after trigger point injections by my OS. I have a lot to fill you in on, and am now at a point where I will have to take a leave of absence from work to let the joint heal properly without talking or proper solid foods...arghhh - the pain has been unbearable. That on top of the nerve damage etc.

My heart goes out to everyone here.

Wishing well,
Joanne


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Mary J
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Jan-08-06, 09:09 PM (CST)
 
3. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I recieved my injury on May2, or 3 of 2005. I had an injection of Articaine after 2 injections of lido didn't get me numb enough fast enough. Felt electric shock in jaw at time. Was totally numb late that day didn't think anything of it because of the number of injections I had. The next day still totally numb called Dentist was told it would wear off in a few days. After a week I called again and was told it may take up to a month. After a month was told may take 2-3 months dentist laughed like crazy when I called the first time thought this very unproffessional but shook it off requested referral to oral surgeon was told he would contact one. He did and called me to say nothing could be done and feeling would return. It has now been 8 months still have numbness and decreased taste. Is there any hope at this point or is this permanent. No attorney in Ohio willing to touch this as a case because dental injury hard to prove as negligence. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You Mary J


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BP
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Jan-20-06, 10:20 PM (CST)
 
5. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   contact me at objtpepe@swbell.net


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Stuart
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Jan-22-06, 12:05 PM (CST)
 
6. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Mary J -

I have pretty much the same story as you, but I am just 8 weeks into this ride. Have things improved at all for you? Have you attempted any therapy or treatment? I am starting to get tired of this story of "just wait...it will get better" with no results, and want to learn more.

Please email me at sclarfield@onebox.com

Thanks,
Stuart


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Sabertooth
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Jan-17-06, 01:38 PM (CST)
 
4. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Nerve damage occurred after injection in 1994 during 1st of 3 root canal treatments (not sure of the substance but will try to find out). A sudden, sharp electric shock current up left side of my face (dentist told me it was "bullseye, hit the right spot" (if you can believe that one!). This was followed by additional shocklike pains in between RCT procedures (3 in all); sudden heat and cold sensitivity to teeth and left sided facial and lower lip and chin numbing (which later became the opposite and to this days is hypersensitive -- lower chin in in near constant pain and sometimes the lip as well). Dentists office told me that I "must have slept on that side of my face the wrong way" to cause this. (even more pathetic than the bullseye comment)! As a result I have had chronic near daily migraine headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, tooth feels like a pulling and aching a dull, deep ache in the area that was worked on. All of this has resulted in a huge amount of medications, treatments to no avail and has cause debiliating fatigue and weakness. I've been told it is likely Inferior Alveolar Nerve Damage due to the injection.


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labshark
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Jan-30-06, 00:05 AM (CST)
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7. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B,

I'll email you my story shortly. I'm basically in crisis mode right now. What the hell is going on at dental community lately. Every doctor I've been to, is seeing more and more patients like me as well.

In fact my GP has seen more oral nerve injuries than any of the dentists I have been to.

With the exception of you, of course Dr. B.


I'll try to post ASAP. Your idea is a good one.


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CraigMaxwellDDS
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Feb-06-06, 03:40 PM (CST)
 
15. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Your dentist wasn't fibbin when he (or she) said "bulls eye." The inferior alveolar block is one of the more difficult injections to give, since there is to much variation in anatomy from person to person. Dentist's are trained to hit the "bulls eye." Hitting it was not he problem. The problem was, if you are going to hit the bulls eye, dont do it with an anesthetic that is as potentially harmful to nerve tissue such as articaine. Articaine is great for numbing up an area that doesnt have a major nerve in it. It is not a good idea to use it for lower blocks. I would advise that anyone administering it, warn their patient that it does have a higher risk of permanent numbness (or pain in some cases) than the usual Lidocaine.


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Candice
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Jan-30-06, 05:24 PM (CST)
 
8. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B:
I have a question for you. I recently had Septocaine used for a routine dental filling with my new dentist. I noticed that the numbness lasted longer than normal. I woke up the next morning and the numbness was gone. However, I went to eat my yogurt and I could not taste it with the tip of my tongue anymore. All my food is very bland now and I made a lasagna for one of our friends and I thought it tasted really bland (my husband said it was ok:). Anyway, this happened last Wednesday and my tongue has had no taste on the tip but I can feel things I am eating like the texture of an onion. I called my dentist I used to go to whom I trust very much but don't live near anymore and he immediately asked me what the doctor numbed me with. I told him Septocaine and he chuckled (he is a friend of my family's so this was not unprofessional). He said that he is not a big fan of Septocaine, though there are rare times he uses it. He said that even though it was an upper injection #14, he feels the drug travels quickly down the nerve and very well could have temporarily damaged the lingual nerve. He has a colleague who uses Septocaine more often who has said there have been weird side effects sometimes. He thinks my taste will eventually come back.
Now, my actual dentist now has looked at my tongue and says that it is a little red on the tip where I have no taste (haha a side effect of Septocaine) and he is going to research some more on Septocaine but is thinking that I have Glossitis. How likely is that since this happened the day after a filling? I trust my old dentist and I think he knows what he is talking about. I am not saying this new guy is wrong, but I am not going to be put on steroids for glossitis unless I know without a doubt this has nothing to do with the Septocaine. I humbly ask for your opinion. They are right about quality of life issues. My lack of taste for tasty foods is sad. Haha, but if anyone is really obese and wants to lose weight, Septocaine may be for them since they won't be able to taste yummy food anymore. I am not one of these people, though.


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cforte
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Jan-30-06, 05:45 PM (CST)
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9. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   By the way, this is me. I registered. You can respond to me in e-mail if you want. I would appreciate your response as all this garbage in the past week is maddening.


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Dr. B
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Jan-30-06, 05:51 PM (CST)
 
10. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Heck of a conincidence I'd say. I cannot tell you what to do as I have not seen you re the glossitis. Tell the new DDS no more Septo please.


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Lyn 1 Aussie
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Feb-16-06, 03:45 AM (CST)
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16. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Candice I tried a steroidal medication called Dexamethasone. It was not much fun on it I lasted 10 days before I got a two day long stomach upset that laid me low and I had to miss work. It made we wakeful most nights and starving hungry. My family did not appreciate my cooking bacon eggs tomato and toast at 5 am every day.Normally one slice of toast and a cuppa does me.
I too have an injury caused by a block injection. I am about week 5 now and am getting rotten headaches and stiff and sore neck and shoulder.Talking and eating is tiring and I have cold food if I can.Gradually the sensation is returning a very little, feel some aching and pains in my tongue. If I prick it with a pin I feel it now, didn't at first. Still no taste and lots of dryness and burning but some improvement or am I getting used to it?
I see a neurologist in a few days time, Joanne on this site told me to do that.
Strange how it seems to be the centre of your being the tongue.
Good luck Candice I hope you get well soon
Lyn


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Randy Sue
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Feb-05-06, 02:01 PM (CST)
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11. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B:

I have a question for you. I had an implant placed in my lower left molar position in mid December of last year. I do not have any pain but I have numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation that comes and goes. Sometimes I am completely numb, and sometimes only partially. The numbness etc. has never gone completely away. Does this mean my nerve is trying to heal, or could my implant be pushing on it? My oral surgeon showed me the panoramic (sp?) X-ray and my IAN appears to be just below the implant, but not touching it. He does not believe the implant is pushing against it. Should I insist on an MRI or do my symptoms suggest that I should be able to heal in time? He offered to replace the implant with a smaller one at no charge, but doesn't believe that is necessary. After reading the postings on this board, I'm not even sure it was the implant that caused my problem. Maybe it was the injections to numb me? Since I had IV sedation, I have no idea what happened. My oral surgeon previously extracted all my top teeth and placed 4 implants with no problems. He also pulled a molar on the lower right and placed an implant, with no problems. So I feel he is a good doctor.

Knowing how annoying this sensation is, my heart goes out to anyone who is also having severe pain as a symptom. I am greatful not to have that pain, and only a slight burning sensation at times.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.


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Dr. B
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Feb-05-06, 02:42 PM (CST)
 
12. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Well, it's already getting late to mess with it. I'd probably get a CT to have a diagnosis for sure. If its not the implant then it could have been the injection or just something that occured during the surgery.


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catchmeifyacan
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Feb-05-06, 09:15 PM (CST)
 
13. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   What is your take on Laughing Gas causing permanente nerve damage and making your B12 vanish? Can I be repaired now by the shots of B12? Was surgery important to make a recovery from long term damages? What the hell was this Oral Surgeon thinking?

If a patient complained of nose numbness, then why ould the OS ignore me, neglect me even after 2 sessions with him?

After now knowing the facts on B12 shots, I have a theory if I "Lost The Chance" then I have a lawsuit, because for me no one did anything in a timely manner. "I lost the Opportunity" is anther was of saying it.

Bye


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Tesa
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Apr-22-06, 01:29 PM (CST)
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33. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Interesting on the lauging gas and B12 nerve damage. When my dentist sent me to the Rheumatologist, he diagnosed me with methylmalonic aciduria, which is a severe vitamin b12 deficiency. Mine was at toxic levels. I was having a dental procedure an average of one a month, and I had no idea the gas could cause nerve damage? I received B12 injections, but since I have had no more dental work in almost a year, my levels have went back to normal. I think the average normal level was (74-146), and mine was 740 the first time, and a month later was over 950, which is septic. I would be interested in any information you have on the possible nerve damage the laughing gas can cause. Maybe this is what caused my nerve damage.

Tesa


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JoanieKnibbe
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Apr-29-06, 06:10 PM (CST)
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35. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi everyone, this is Joanie Knibbe in Salem, Oregon

I had my first B12 and Folic Acid in January 2006 by the Neurologist.

I have been back to him and he has doubled my injections, until July 2006.

I will network here and present the Midline Neurological Problems, such as not walking anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was also told that maybe, just maybe, that the pain pills and the Nitrous Oxide provoked a midline problem, such as not walking.

I just wonder, did I have the B12 problem before dental extractions?

All I know is that, before any dental work/extractions please find out if you are okay on the B12 and Folic Acid.

Also, I saw my MD after I saw the Neurologist, and he said, every patient that I send to the Neurologist, he puts them on B12 & Folic Acid. I made my own referral to the Neurologist behind my doctors back!!!!!!

For a moment, i felt as if my own MD was not pleased that I could possibly have a cure and walk again.

He then told me that he would send me to the OHSU in Portland, Or.
He has not done that in 3 weeks. He said that it has been long enough that I am not walking and that everything that has been done so far is all BANDADES. Really? I have not walked since september 2004, so what is the hurry now?

Well, I sure have a saga here and will update Dr. B. also on my horror story.

Oh, Dr. B.: Since my lawyer walked off my case, I have not found another one, due to no connecting of the dots to the Oral Surgeon.

What a shame all of this is.

God, I pray that you send us a Saviour for all of this......Amen Lord.


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wickedvixen
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Feb-06-06, 03:09 PM (CST)
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14. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   HI - well here is my story then. As yet unfinished I hope. I hope it will have a happy smiley-face ending....

Almost 4 weeks ago during "routine" dentistry to remove old build ups and replace them (TMJ problems) the dentist injected into the back of my cheek near my lower right back teeth. The pain shot through me like an electric shock and I flinched visibly; curling my fingers back and rising from the chair. He said "what? - wasn't expecting that?!" An immediatly my tongue was numb. He did the drilling and I spoke to him afterwards but seemed unable to move my tongue properly and was speaking in a similar manner to a person who has been deaf from birth. He said " you should be able to speak normally", and I explained I couldn't but he made no other comment.
I arrived home an hour later with a pounding headache which would not be calmed by strong Paracetemol Codeine tablets. - A mix of Ibuprofen - too many - didn't help, and the pain made me feel physically sick and unbalanced. Six hours later I telephoned the surgery to say the anaesthetic had not worn off. He relayed a message via his receptionist to say my husband had paid him extra to keep me quiet for longer - (what a comedian) and he wasnt worried I should not be.
My tongue felt huge and fat in my mouth, I couldnt control swallowing properly, could hardly speak, my taste was lost and half of my tongue and lower inside gum, and lower back of throat (tongue side) was completely numb. I felt panicked as though I may choke at any time and my throat was sore and I was almost drooling from the difficulty in swallowing.
The next morning I telephoned the surgery and it was closed (Saturday) and no emergency number available for several hours. At this point I knew nothing about nerve damage/trauma and assumed something irreversable had happened to me in reaction to the drug. In fact I felt as though I may have had a minor stroke and was panicking.
I telephoned NHS direct - who gave me no helpful advice at all, just to contact the dentist direct. (Do doctors not have training in nerve damage too?)
Feeling still panicked (24 hours later and no idea what had happened to me)- as no-one would comment on whether this was likely to be an allergic reaction which may spread, or a stroke or some kind of muscle damage - I telephoned the emergency dentist 2 hours later. After several fobbings-off frmt he dentist on-call via his assistant I evetually got out of him that it could be atraumatised nerve frot he injection, or a combination of the injection going into the nerve and the drug used. He estimated "months" to recover but gave me no indication of how many or what the likelihood of full recovery was. He was very jolly and bright and breezy and said - "oh yes a patient of mine took about 3 months" when I questioned him further. " I refered her to a specialist but he couldnt do anything - it's just a waiting game"
The GP used the same words the next day and said he thought I had partially paralysed tongue. He was more sympathetic and did not think I was over reacting to my current plight - as many had before him.He said he thought it was a fairly scary thing to happen - and he wasn't surprised I was concerned. It wasn't just a "numb tongue"....
The dentist was apparently breezy the next day - but I had the feeling that he was covering his concern. He said he had never had a case of it before and seemed a little sceptical of some of the symptoms I described. One of these being loss of taste and another being numb throat - until I explained it was down my throat on the tongue side. By this time - some 4 days later - my tongue was ulcerated to h*ll and he began to use a "healing laser" to promote bloodflow on my tongue and cheek at the site of the nerve. I could feel a slight tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue when he stimulated the nerve and he kindly sent me away with the loan of the very expensive laser equipment at home to use twice aday for a week to see if it made any difference.
He said he may have pierced the nerve as it was in a different place than most people's and he had no doubt the feeling would return shortly and he would refer me to a specialis if necessary.
The laser being used twice a day (for ten minutes only ) did promote more tingling and my tongue began to feel like it had been scalded and burnt, this feeling alternating with a cold frozen numbness.
A week after stopping the treatment to go on holiday my tongue and lower inside gum are exactly as they were before. It is nearly four weeks now, and I am waiting to see whether there is any improvement at all in the near future.
I am using the following things to help with the numbness, constant overwhelming dryness and burning sensation.
Glycerine pastilles - (not sugar coated)
Artificial saliva (available over the counter at UK pharmacies
Alcohol - to relax the tenseness and take my mind off it!!
Avoiding salt.
B12, B complex, B6, Multivit, Arnica.

I have heard that St Johns Wort helps but cannot take it myself.

The good news is that you adapt. My speech is much better than it was 3 weeks ago and I simply sound slightly short-tongued now. Keep active to keep your mind off it and don't sit and brood and poke your tongue in the mirror. It just makes you feel worse!!

Good luck to everyone and please keep your fingers crossed for me too that we are all int he 85% that recover fully in time.

Regards!


WickedVixen


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Midnight_Bishop
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Mar-08-06, 01:16 AM (CST)
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17. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   What is your email Dr. B? I shall email you my story. When I was 16 (I'm 20 now) my childhood dentist decided to take my wisdom teeth out too soon and now I have Permanent Lingual Paresthesia on the lower left side of mouth including the left side of my tongue.

I'm looking into starting a lawsuit. I had to wait a few years becuz some other dentists recommended I'd wait, including the idiot who did this to me, in case the 'feeling should ever return'.


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Joanne
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Mar-08-06, 09:15 AM (CST)
 
18. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I know Dr. B won't mind me posting her email, as she does it regularly - it's jcbax@aol.com.

Sorry to hear of your injury.

Wishing well,
Joanne


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Frank
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Mar-20-06, 08:02 PM (CST)
 
19. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I recently had dental work including cavities filled in molars. Afterwards I have been experiencing major jaw and ear pain that does not respond to any antibiotics. I can barely stand the pain anymore. My Doctor originally thought it was sinus infection and has tried 3 different antiobiotics but the pain is every bit as bad after 2 weeks. My M.D even set me up for a cat scan to check for tumors. Is there any treatment if indeed this turns out to have been caused by my dentist? Please someone respond as I cannot express in words how painful this is. Hydrocone (prescribed by dentist) doesn't even slow the pain down


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20. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Frank, try taking high doses of ibuprofen (Advil), and talk to your doctor about prescribing a Medrol Dosepak (steroids). It sounds like you have nerve damage from the anesthesia injections. The same thing happened to me after having a left lower molar prepped for a crown on 12/15/05, horrible jaw and ear pain, running along my jaw and shooting up into the tooth that that had been worked on. Pain like I've never felt in my life. Hydrocodone didn't touch it, but ibuprofen helped alot due to its anti-inflammatory effect. To this day the dentist has never admitted that anything out of the ordinary occurred. I took 600 to 800 mg of ibuprofen every 6 to 8 hours. I even ended up having a root canal on the same tooth three weeks later, the pain was so bad. It's now been over three months. The really horrible pain decreased after 30 days, but I still have nerve pain every day and have to take 600 mg of ibuprofen at least once a day. I've seen two other dentists, and one of them said I had nerve damage from the injections and that a Medrol Dosepak (steroids) right after it happened would have helped calm the damaged nerve. You need to talk to someone about whether they think that would help you. I didn't see this other dentist until six weeks later, and he didn't know if it would help to take the steroids at that point or not. I didn't take them, but I wish now I had. I'm being sent to a neurologist now since it's been three months and I'm still in pain. I don't know if there's much they can do. I'm seriously considering a lawsuit, but it sounds like dental negligence is difficult to prove. I hope this helps some.


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21. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   One month ago I was having 8 teeth prepared for crowns. They are all upper teeth. I had injections of septocaine in each side. On the left side during drilling I started to feel pain and my dentist injected more septocain. That night the right side of my face went back to normal, but the left side became very swollen and was still numb.
I saw my dentist the next day and he said he didn't know why it was so swollen and still numb. Later in the day he spoke to an oral surgeon friend of his and he recommended that I take medrol. I did that for 6 days. Gradually over the next few weeks the swelling went down. Still today there is still a little swelling. I saw the oral surgeon and he said that I have a blood clot and once that resolves the feeling in my top lip and area around it will come back. A few days ago I saw a neurologist and he said that the nerve was damaged and whatever improvement I have after 3 to 6 months would be it. There is nothing that can be done to treat it. I also have started having burning pain in the numb area. What's also frightening is that I have to have the 8 crowns put on without any numbing medication. My dentist normally numbs to do this. I will instead take valium that he prescribed and have nitrous oxide. That's my story. I'll update any changes.
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June
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22. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   This will take forever. I wrote in last year and it has not gotten any better. I figured I just had to go this alone.
09-06-05 I had a bone graft done and two implants were put in at that time. My chin and lip were numb and I was swollen in my chin and cheek. A week later I bruised and I could barely talk and the pain was unbelievable. Three weeks out and I wanted to jump of a bridge. My dentist didn't know what to make of it. He set me up for two rrot canals and said that would help, but I was in so much pain I wouldn't let anyone near my mouth. The endodontist couldn't believe the pain I was in. He said he wouldn't touch me and that it sounded like the nerve was damaged. He and my dentist suggested I see a pain management Dr. and also see a specialist. I have been on every type of medication. I saw a specialist who said he could do corrective nerve repair because by November I had no feeling, but pain. The pain Dr.'s assisstant said not to have the surgery because I could end up worse than I was already and I just couldn't imagine that. My dentist sent me to another specialist and he told me that back in the day people didn't have pain meds and they toughed it out. I told him I didn't grow up back then and I am having a hard time toughing it out. He said it would take 6 months to a year. My dentist paid for me to see all of these doctors. I told my pain management Dr. that my dentist offered tp pay for the surgery for the nerve repair and his comment to me was why would he do that, if every doctor had to pay for their mistakes, there wouldn't be any doctors practicing. I really don't like to go to this man, but I don't feel I have a choice.
I am paying on a $23,000.00 bill every month and I have nothing to show for it. In January my dentist did two other implants on the other side and everything is great. I have a little numbness, but compaired to the other side, it's nothing at all. In February I was still complaining of pain and my dentist said he can't believe it still hurts. He had me come in and he removed the two implants that he put in when he did the graft. When he gave me the needles, the one he put in where I have most of the pain I almost flew off the chair. He couldn't apologize enough for hurting me. And I have to say he has done everything to help me and he feels bad and he has called me a trooper, though I don't feel like one. After he stitched me up he said taking out the implants wasn't going to help because the problem is with the nerve and I guess that was where he injected me. He said I could go for accupuncture and he would cover it for me.

But, if someone could tell me how or what I should be feeling. My lip is still numb, but when you rub it, I feel it in my chim. I feel a yucky feeling in my chin when I rub it. In the corner of my mouth down is where it is so painful. After three hours if I don't take my pain meds my lip, chin and cheek feels like it is blowing up. I still get the burning in my lip. My cheek is swollen and I don't look the same and I absolutely don't talk the same. Why is it still so painful for me? It hurts to eat on that side of my mouth. If I eat toast, it feels like I'm chewing clam shells. If I bite the inside of my mouth when I talk, and I do that often, I see stars. I don't know what to do. This is on my mind every minute of every day. I have a job where I work with people and I am always talking. The way I look and talk have made me a little insecure. I wake up every morning and go right to my mirror in hopes there will be an improvement, but there never is.
HELP
Thanks for listening.
June


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CJ
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23. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi June,
I am sorry to hear all you have been going through. Did you ever ask the dentist what anesthetic he used to numb you? If you look around this site, you will see that Septocaine/Articaine/Zorcaine, is causing many lasting side effects in many people. If the dentist injected directly into your nerve, it is neurotoxic. And it sounds like that is possibly what happened. I have an injections/anesthetic injury from this anesthetic and have some similar symptoms as you. I understand what you are going through. I don't have any numbness though.
I found this site several months after my injury. It has been a great source of support and information. Look around and see what meds/alternative care, that have helped others. I don't think there is anything that will completely take away all the pain. But there are things that will help. Some people have had success with acupuncture. I know this sounds like a long time, but several people have posted that they were told from neurologists/drs that nerves shut down in 15 years and do not send pain signals anymore. That is a long time but does give some hope.
Please keep us posted as to how you are doing and as I mentioned this is a great site for support from others who understand.
Best Wishes,
CJ


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June
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Apr-01-06, 07:42 AM (CST)
 
24. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi CJ,
I come on here all of the time and read and reread the different situations. Before this happened to me, I had never heard of anything like this.
I will ask my dentist about the anesthesia. I feel like if I question him at all I will put him on the defensive and he will stop trying to help me.
I feel for everyone on here, also.
Thank you for your thoughts.
June


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CJ
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25. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi June,
He sounds like a caring dentist. He has tried to help you so far, I would hope he would understand why you are asking. But I can see your point too.
Keep us posted how you are doing. I know people have posted in the past that accupuncture has helped them. It might be worth a try.
CJ


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June
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26. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Thanks CJ .


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27. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   June,
I saw your first post again and realized you were hurting from the implants before the injection that hurt. It sounds like the nerve was damaged when the implants were put in. I don't think I would have any further surgery to the area if it was me. It might just irritate the nerve more. Keep us posted and post if you need support, that is what this site is for. I think it is difficult for others to understand if they haven't been through it.
CJ


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June
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28. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   CJ
You are so right that if you haven't been through it, then you have no clue. I know my husband thinks after all this time, that I should be good as new. I know he feels helpless, but sometimes comes off as being annoyed.

And this site has been so helpful. Everyones thoughts and experiences are encouraging and enlightening. It was because of this site that I knew about trigemenal nerve damage and how to explain what I was feeling.

Thanks CJ for your help and concern.

June


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29. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   You are welcome June. This site has helped me so much since I found it several months after my injury. My husband was not very understanding when this first happened to me. It took quite awhile working through all of this. We have better days now, but it is still difficult sometimes. Like your husband, I think he just doesn't know what to do.
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   Where are you located?

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June 123
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31. "RE: To June"
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   Hi Dr. B
Couldn't find my password so I had a little trouble getting back in. Thank you Ross.
Dr. B.
I live in south Jersey. About one hour from Philadelphia.


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32. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   My injury occured in 2004 when I went in for an extraction. When the dentist put the injection in the top of my mouth, I felt the most horrific pain shooting through the top of my mouth and all the way to my eyeballs. It was like an electric current flowing through my head.
The next morning the roof of my mouth was swollen up in a big bubble. Smaller blisters formed at each injection site. The next morning I woke up and the roof of my mouth was black. It was so painful I couldn't even stand the sensation of my tongue touching it. I went back to the dentist and he told me it was some bruising and I must have another medical problem; possibly something to do with my immune system that made my mouth discolor. I know it was definitely bruised, because the pain was so bad it felt like my palate had been broken. Then my tongue started burning and it spread down my throat. The cyst that had formed on my palate burst and dried blood and junk came out of it. After a month it still did not heal and the pain got worse. I developed a case of shingles in my mouth, up the right side of my nose & right eye, on my forehead and scalp. At least I was told it was shingles. Months later a small pea sized cyst formed in the incisive foramen, but this one was hard and unmovable. Six months later I had a biopsy and it turned out to be a neuroma. It does not show up on an MRI, so I cannot get a neurologist or oral Pathologist to remove it. The research I have done shows a condition called neurotmesis, which is the severance of a nerve. Left untreated, it can cause a neuroma to form at the nerve ending. I have exhausted all the doctors in this area(Knoxville, TN).
I have pain, numbness, and the entire row of my top teeth are so damaged from the neuropathy they have to be removed. My dentist was my greatest champion, telling me the neuroma was there and causing nerve damage to my teeth, in fact, he said it was pushing my two front teeth out. He told me even if I had all my top teeth removed, I would still have pain unless the neuroma was removed.When I mentioned the neurotmesis to him last month, he changed his tune. Now he says he agrees with the neurosurgeon; the tumor just disapeared, or maybe the ENT surgeon got it all when biopsied, or it may just be scar tissue causing the pain. He has refused to work on my teeth for almost a year because of the tumor. I now have four abcesses, one back top molar is completely broken to the gumline, and several others are cracked or decayed at the gumline. On my visit this week he sent an order in to my insurance for upper dentures. I don't know if the repeated injections into the nerve did the damage, or if it was the time when my mouth turned black. I don't even know which nerve it is. He is no longer willing to help me since I mentioned the neurotmesis to him. My GP stopped my pain management a few weeks ago because he decided he wasn't doing pain management anymore. He referred me out to a rehab neurologist who said he could not treat the neuroma or any of my medical conditions besides the TMJD. He refused to continue my pain med's and said he only allowed his patients one hydrocodone a day. I tried to go back to my Gp for help weaning off the narcotics & xannax, but he refused to help. The pain is just starting to get severe enough to where i don't sleep at night and cannot eat. I don't know what to do or where to go at this point. The pain had taken away my enire qulaity of life. I spend most of my days in bed and enevr leave the house. I know the tumor is still there. I can tell the difference between normal tissue and the neuroma. It is right behind my two front teeth, and it is painful. The onlt thing I know to do at this point is have a second biopsy. But without any medication to control the pain, and knowing nothing was done after the first biopsy, i don't know what the point would be. I still won't be able to find a doctor to treat it. There has to be some other way to find the tumor without having to get sliced open again. It took months for the biopsy site to heal.
Tesa


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June 123
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34. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Tesa, my heart is aching for you. I know what you are going through, but you are going through so much more. I hope Dr. B reads your post or just direct your post to her. She is a voice of reason. Please, write to her.

June


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36. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I have been going through the same problems that you are describing. I am at my wits end with doctors, because they have given me the run around for 2 years. I have fluid draining cons=tantly from my ears. My hearing is npt the same in my left ear. My jaw is shifted 3 cm or mm to the right. I have developed a bad case of depression. The pain is awful i ahve been on numerous meds which have not help. It is very hard to stay focused because the pain and discomfort is always with you. this has changed my life forever sometimes i think of suicide i am taking antidepressants now to control the these thoughts which is no help. I have called numerous attorneys who refuse to take my case because their is not much awareness on dental malpractice so theyget away with leaving you disabled for life and you cant get any help.

Ginny


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June 123
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37. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Ginny, try not to give up. Keep going to Dr.s until you find one that has your best interest at heart and keep reading and posting on here.
I know everyone here has been a big help.
Good luck.


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38. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi June 123 - I have been rather slack at reading postings of late but whilst the other half is watching the rugby I thought I would have a catch up.
I have been to a Pain Specialist and have tried Desipramine, Tegretol and now to try Gabapentin (Neurotin). I also have Xtlocaine which is supposed to be swished around the mouth diluted with water. I don't do this, I just get a tiny spot on the tip of my little finger and dab it on the gums. Even though it is only a "tiny" bit, it somehow makes my throat feel horrible but helps the gums & tongue to stop stinging. I would rather stick with my Bonjela gel. I have a very low tolerance of medications and the Tegretol was just SOOOO bad, the Desipramine had several bad side effects, one of which was a horrible itchy rash. I am not too thrilled about this Gabapentin but will give it a go. I finally got an answer in that I "DO" have "Nerve Damage" and a hearing loss. I don't hold the Dentist responsible as that is being too negative. Other members of the family go to him and he has a reputation of high regard. With me, it was just one of those things and unfortunately it happened. No ill feelings can change it. What is done is done. I "WILL" get better sometime - maybe!!!
My best wishes to everyone and hope you all can think positive in that others do care about you.........Ginny


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39. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   LAST EDITED ON Jun-12-06 AT 12:48 PM (CST)
 
Dr. B

I have read almost every post on this board, but have not seen my problem and was wondering if there is anyone else out there that experienced what I did after my last root canal.

On May 9 2006 I had a root canal done by an endodontist. I received a novocain injection, but do not know what kind. I was somewhat surprised at receiving this injection as I have had 3 or 4 root canals done previously (by a regular dentist) and did not have novocain with any of them. The procedure seemed to go well. I wasn't anxious or nervous and there was no pain. The novocain wore off and I felt great. That night around 9 p.m. I noticed my neck and shoulders were tight and sore. I thought that perhaps I was more tense in the chair than I had thought. I went to bed around 10 and woke up at midnight. I had a painful dull aching in my neck, shoulders, and down both arms to about my wrists. In the next 15 minutes, the pain in my left arm went away, but the pain in my right arm continued to get worse. When I tried going back to bed, I couldn't find any position that didn't hurt. I got back out of bed around 2 a.m. having not slept one bit. The pain in my arm and shoulders got so bad I couldn't take full breaths of air. I found that I could not move my arm in any direction because it hurt too much. When I tried to move it, it felt like my muscles had shrivelled and each time I tried to move my arm forward, backward, up or down, or tried to bend it at the elbow, it was like stretching a rubber band or tearing a muscle. I walked around the house for almost 2 hours not being able to even sit in a chair due to the pain. I took 3 Extra-Strength Tylenol hoping for some relief, but that did nothing. At around 5 a.m., I decided to try stretching through the pain like an athlete might do before running. The pain was enormous, but if I stretched just a little 5 or 6 times, I was able to loosen the muscle enough so that I could stretch it a little farther the next time. It took almost 5 hours of stretching to get some of the mobility back. It took over 2 weeks to be able to lift my arm up to the side. Only last week was I able to put a jacket or shirt on without that movement hurting. A few days after the injection I noticed the underside of my forearm was numb, as is the top side of my right thigh. Over the last several weeks the numbness has decreased, but has not gone away completely.

Of course, I called the endodontist's office the next day and asked if this was normal or if they had ever heard of this happening before. They had not and said it was "coincidental". I don't believe that it was coincidental at all.

I don't believe this is a permanent condition as it has been improving each week. However, tomorrow morning I am going in to the dentist's office to be prepped for a crown. I am concerned about this happening again. Any ideas?

Thank you.
Sheryl


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40. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Ask what the name of the anesthetic they gave you was.


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41. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   They used Marcain.


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42. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi Sheryl,

Have you considered whether this could be an injury to the TMJ? (jaw joint). I just had a root canal myself, and my dentist had cautioned me about that issue. He said strain on this joint can lead to bizarre symptoms--head, neck, shoulder and ear pain. During the procedure, at times he asked me to close my jaw about half-way, but managed to keep doing his work. I thought that might be to rest the jaw muscle. I have clicking when I open my mouth wide, but fortunately this doesn't cause pain. I couldn't guess what could cause numbness in the region of your forearms and thighs though. Hope you're feeling better by now.


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43. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   LAST EDITED ON Jun-14-06 AT 03:44 PM (CST)
 
Haven't seen any problems with that anesthetic on this website. Septocaine has been causing problems for many people on this site and I was just wondering if that was a possiblity. Is it possible that you are allergic to Marcain?
Hope you are doing better. Keep us posted.
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44. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I feel really stupid. My dentist made a list of work needed and when viewing this list I didn't agree with some of the things he wanted to fix. I had an existing root canal with a silver crown and he wanted to replace the silver crown with a porcelain crown. It was tooth #30. Time went by and when I went for a check up the dentist reminded me of fixing tooth #30, and gave me a technical explanation of why it should be replaced... so I went along with it. WHen he cut the crown off, I needed gum surgery for a proceedure called, crown lengthening. So I had that done and went back to my dentist for the tooth build up or something like that. My dentist appt was on Wednesday June 14 at 8am. The next morning when my tongue was still numb I called him and he told me it would take weeks to months and could be permanent with little to no explanation. I guess I am intimidated by him, so I really didn't question him or ask questions. OK, so I am freaked out a bit. My tongue is still numb, and my inside jaw is numb. I am not sure if I am getting some feelings back, but I get tingling/burning sensations on my tongue, and I have pain periodically in my ear. I haven't had time to read all of the posts, but has anyone had their inner ear hurt as a result of this numbness? And why would the dentist numb me when he was working on a root canal tooth? Please help!


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45. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B - I want to thank you for the discussion site. It has been a source of comfort to read the stories posted here, but at the same time frightening to know that the lingual damage is not as rare as some dentists may say. My injury occurred as a result of a root canal performed by a well-respected endodontist. The endodontist removed a temporary crown to perform the root canal, and replaced it after the root canal. Immediately thereafter, I had excrutiating pain at the site, and was advised after two days to come in to get the temporary crown removed because it had apparently "shifted" and was causing pain around the tooth site. When he gave me an injection to remove the temporary crown, I thought I would hit the ceiling - I have never felt such pain. For days afterward, my tongue was numb. I called the endodontist and was advised that it "just needed to calm down". I went back to my regular dentist after two weeks of numbness, burning and tingling of the tongue, and he fortunately referred me to an oral surgeon who has started a four-day steroid regimen. I don't know if it will work but I will let you know. I do feel very fortunate that my regular dentist was persistent enough to get me immediately to an oral surgeon, and would hope that your site can serve to educate the dental profession on the importance of prompt attention. I can tell you that I relate to your other posters regarding the all-encompassing feeling of tongue pain. There is not a waking moment that I can forget about it, and it certainly affects your quality of life. thanks for your most helpful comments. MCC


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46. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   It is Ross who put up the site and we owe him a great big thank you. I think many folks have been helped here and at least they know they are not alone in any case.

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TraZey
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47. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B,

I'm new here and have not found a whole lot of internet info as of yet. What is your website?

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48. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I haven't posted my story yet, so this will be the first. I feel as if it is a horror story, but I dont know if it qualifies. I am a female in my late 20's. My wisdom teeth have been bothering me for the past couple of months, I was extatic to have them removed. I had never heard about having them taken out at a younger age. My dentist always told me that if they dont bother you, dont worry about them, despite them being impacted. This summer my dentist referred me to an OS to have them removed. I went to one of three surgeons in my area and got in as soon as possible. He is a relative of a friend of mine and has been practicing for 40 years or so. My consultation and surgery were on the same day. At my consultation he discussed taking my wisdom teeth out with me and my husband. Never was nerve damage mentioned at all. He talked me into having a third wisdom tooth out, I agreed. He told me the way that he does this procedure is with nitrous oxide and valium. He sent me to the pharmacy to have prescription for Cephalexin, Valium, and Dolobid 500 filled. I took my valium at the pharmacy and returned to the office where I then read the informed consent and signed it. Basically a very small print stated "nerve damage occurs in less than 5% of patients and all damage is reversible". That is what I signed. I went in for surgery and was told breathe through your nose. ok simple enough i thought. Then as the surgery began the Dr says breathe in and out through your nose. OHh ok I was only breathing in through my nose. Then He began firmly stating (seemed to me like yelling) to me "You are not breathing through your nose", "I keep telling you to breathe through your nose and you continue to breathe through your mouth, this is not going to be to your advantage". I then feel a huge jolt to the left portion of my jaw which brought tears to my eyes and i sort of screamed. He asked if i needed more numbness and i said yes. I did not feel another thing from that point on. But I cried the entire surgery (luckily it was short), and had tensed up completely, I didnt feel like i had any anethesia at all. At the end of the surgery the Dr just said to me and my husband "Great Patient, she was such a Great Patient", I couldn't tell if he was being a jerk or trying to cheer me up as i was in somewhat of a state of shock. He said to me "you are a prime example of why we need to line up all the 17 year olds in the world and have their wisdom teeth removed, dont you think?" " you want to do that again?" I was mortified by my experience at this point and i had decided after more consideration (the next day or so) I would not return to him for follow up, I made an appt with my original dentist instead. After a few days of numbness,people were asking me if that was normal and I was like i dont know so I call the OS to ask and they had me come back in immediately. So big surprise I have damage to the inferior alveolar nerve and I am at the wait and see stage. I am in astronomical amounts of pain and the OS just keeps telling me to take my prescription for valium at night. At this point Valium is like baby asprin to me. I have been self medicating every night and it is the only thing that allows me to sleep, I suffer all day long and I have expressed this to both my OS and dentist and have had no help.


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49. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I will try to be brief. On Nov 11, 1998 I had a wisdom tooth removed (Lower right partially errupted tooth). I knew something was wrong. First, something was sprayed in my mouth by the assistant.(I guess they spray something before the shot). My tongue became very cold. I started to feel faint, blood pressure went down, etc. I finally felt better ( should have left then). The OS came in gave me a shot - it felt like a bolt of lightning. My tongue was numb. He proceeded to remove the tooth, the crown broke and he then got it out after some drilling I guess.

I went to recovery, I told the assistant my tongue felt so strange and cold she said everything was fine. It wasn't. The pain was terrible, I would wake up in the night with various types of pains in my tongue. I called and was told it just takes time. At the same time I was not able to open my mouth more than about an inch. I finally after 4 or 5 days insisted and got in. The Dr. looked at where the wisdom tooth had been or tried and said everything was fine he could put a dressing on it. I told him it wasn't there that was paining it was my tongue and something was wrong. He proceeded to tell me it was basically nothing and just don't focus so much on it. Like forget it and it'll go away. He never once mentioned anything about there might be nerve damage. He ended we're still friends aren't we. HA

After another week I was able to open my mouth to eat normally, however my tongue went from feeling like a HUGE glob to finally being half numb. During the time I had bolts of lightning like feelings that went to the end of my tongue. The inside of my lower gum has wierd sensations and and still am plagued by strange ear ache type pains sometimes.

I wished I'd never had my wisdom tooth removed. The dentist advised it since it had a cavity and I wasn't able to floss between it. I may have had to have it removed some day.... but in the meantime I would have had a normal existence.

I'm able to manage and few people actually know the pain I'm in.


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SteveT
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50. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Two days ago, my dentist was putting a crown in place on the back tooth on my lower right jaw (I'd been wearing a temp for 4 weeks). When he was doing the numbing injections, all of a sudden I felt an intense sharp pain on my tongue. I could have sworn he stuck the needle in my tongue. I reacted, he said sorry, and continued. A few seconds later, I felt that same in a different part of my tongue, and thought he'd stuck me again. I was thinking he just wasn't paying attention or something.

Later when the anesthetic wore off, my tongue continued to have this half-numb feeling (best description I've seen reading this site has been "freezer burn" feeling.) And I have virtually no sense of taste. I went back in yesterday, and he told me it could be parethisis resulting from injecting too close to the nerve. He said it could be the "pressure" of the anesthetic sitting up against the nerve. He prescribed a 6-day course of steroid, and said to check back in 2 weeks. At this point I have no idea where this will lead.


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steveT
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59. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   An update almost 4 months after the original injury (post #50 above): the offending dentist brought in an oral surgeon to recommend treatment, which consisted of two series of steroid pills (methylprednisone?) over the first 6 weeks. Slowly the numbness/freezer-burn feeling started to improve, from left to right on the tongue (the injectional injury was on the right side). The sense of taste was completely gone for about a week, then SLOWLY started to return over the next few months.

What surprises me is that there have been ups and downs; for a few weeks, I'd say the numbness was about 80% gone, then over the course of a week virtually all the improvement went away, and it then took weeks to get back above 50% again. Same with the sense of taste; it comes and goes. Sometimes it almost seems normal again, then it gets worse. Dry mouth and tongue biting come and go as well.

I've been to a second dentist, who gave me 800mg ibuprofin, and recommended me to a "head, face, and TMJ pain" specialist. I went this morning, and now he's starting my on Lyrica.

Overall, slow progress, but it's not linear. Don't know if I'll be one of the lucky ones who recover completely yet, but hopeful.


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robertadpaul
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51. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I moved to a south western suburb of Chicago about 1 year ago from New York. I didn't know anyone who used a dentist in my area so I went to a dentist locally. I swallowed a crown I had on my back teeth & needed a new one made. She "prepared" my teeth for a 3 tooth crown. I went home that night & was not feeling so bad. The next day I woke up in excrusciating pain in my left jaw, left cheek bone & left temple. My temple was swollen just enough that wearing my glasses was very painful, I couldn't eat, sleep nor function during the day. I started to take ibuprophren every 4 hours around the clock. I would get up at night and take them. It didn't go away. I went back to her about 3 days later & she said "I have no clue why you're in so much pain, it's never happened before to any of my patients." So she prescribed a pain killer. I called a friend of my sisters who happens to be an oral surgeon in the northern part of Chicago. I told her what happened to me & she said..."Roberta, she hit a nerve. The pain will go away but it will take about 4 weeks. Just take the pain killers & you should be fine." I took the pain killers & the pain went away. I then went to an Endodontist for a root canal on tooth #19. The tooth really didn't need one but it was ground down so severely in preparation for the crown she felt it needed a root canal. I felt good on the left side of my mouth, no more pain so I proceeded with the root canal. I had it done on August 28th and here it is September 3rd and the severe pain I experienced with the "preparation" from the original dentist is back again and I can no longer sleep or eat again and my cheek bone, jaw bone & temple all on the left side of my head are killing me. Again I am on pain killers and very scared that this will happen every time a dentist works on my teeth on the left side of my mouth. I don't know where to turn or who to even seek out to help me find out what is happening to me. Can you tell me where to turn because I can no longer live with this pain. Thank you.


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Dr B
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52. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Email me and I will give you names of good dentists. Do not go back to that one. I used to practice in Chicago. Jcbax@aol.com

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53. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Please let me know if I'm too late to post my story. I have so much pain right now I would do anything for relief. My email is suevalois@hotmail.com if you wish to contact me on hot mail. Thanks


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Deb
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54. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   "Surprised to find so many"

I went to get a tooth refilled 10 days ago, bottom left molar. The reason it had to be refilled, it wasn't done correctly in May. I kept having pain and extreme sensitivity. So went in to get it taken care of and the tooth seemed fine at first but the last couple of days it's been aching again but worse than that my tongue is, well, it feels burned. I did notice that when he gave me the injection it felt like it was shooting straight into my tongue and it went numb is seconds. For the first few days I kept thinking I must have done something to burn myself after I had the work done, but realistically I knew that wasn't the case but had no idea what could be going on. So at work the other day a coworker mentioned I might have some sort of nerve damage. Went online and found all of you. I have to say that I'm "glad" not to be alone but so sorry there are so many. From what I have read I guess I just have to wait and see what will happen. I return to the dentist on Wed. if nothing has changed and then he's off on vacation for a month. I too can't taste on the left side, I do bite my tongue sometimes when I chew, I try not to chew on that side of my mouth at all. I read about the mint....I chew mint gum and the toothpaste I use has a mint flavor and now that area of my tongue burns like it's on fire when I brush my teeth or chew gum. Also it is worse by the end of the day....does anyone else get that? In the morning it feels like I drank something hot, but by the end of the day it feels thicker and has a burning sensation along with the other, which doesn't seem possible, but it's so strange to discribe. Deb


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55. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I'm a 40 year old Emergency Physician. I went to my dentist for filling of tooth #30 (lower right molar) yesterday. Immediately during the injection of Septocaine, I felt a sharp/hot sensation on the right half of my tongue, and the injection itself was more painful than those I had received previously. After past injections like this, my face would regain sensation about 2 hours after I left the office. This time my lip and jaw stayed numb most of the day, and the right half of my tongue is still feeling "burnt" and numb today, 27 hours later. It doesn't really hurt, it's just more annoying than anything (especially with the loss of taste).

I found this site after searching for more information about the subject, and I was a bit alarmed to read the stories you all have posted. My symptoms are identical to most of those I read on this forum. I was hoping to be more reassured that this was a transient nuisance that would only last a couple of days at most, certainly not for months on end.

So I called my dentist, who told me that there was nothing to do but wait, and he confirmed that this numbness could last for months.

Bummer.


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1agentSD
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56. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I have put this off for far too long. But I feel obligated to write my story now, knowing that it may help others. I know for me, all of the messages posted on this site have helped me tremendously in so many ways.

I had all four of my wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) taken out by an oral surgeon on 8/21/06. I am left with an injury now that may very well last my entire life. The inferior alveolar nerve, which is one of the sensory nerves, was damaged during the surgery.


The story goes like this. I had 4 different dentists tell me that I should get my wisdom teeth out over a 2-year period. Three of the dentists work in the same dental group and office. I ignored the suggestion of the first three dentists, as they gave no pressing reason for me to have the procedure done. However, the fourth dentist told me that the teeth next to my wisdom teeth were starting to decay and that they would not fill them until I got my wisdom teeth out. (I’m not so sure now that I believe my teeth were really decaying.) Therefore, he referred me to an oral surgeon and I made the appointment to get them out.

The consultation and surgery were scheduled on the same day, 8/21/06. I went in and within 15 minutes, they brought me back, took X-rays and sat me in THE CHAIR. Soon after, the surgeon came in and briefly told me what the procedure would entail. I stopped him citing a couple of concerns I had. One of which was that my nerves in my gums are very sensitive and that I’ve had problems in the past after getting fillings. He laughed it off because I had mistakenly referred to them as “big nerves.” But he should have known what I was talking about in that my nerves are higher up in the gums than most people. At least that is what one of my dentists concluded after doing my fillings. I also told him that I had a bad reaction to general anesthesia when I had surgery on my feet. The only thing he asked was, “When?” I told him it was that past April and he didn’t ask any other questions or request details at all. In fact, he acted irritated with me as soon as I told him I had a couple of concerns. Just to make it clear, though, the bad reaction was that I was feeling sick for at least 2 weeks afterward. He then came over and looked in my mouth and told his assistant that one of the extractions, the bottom left, would be a surgical extraction as this was the only wisdom tooth that was impacted. He then left the room. I SHOULD HAVE DARTED FOR THE DOOR, AT THIS POINT! But I didn’t.

In his absence, the assistant handed me a couple of papers to sign. One of which was the consent for him to perform the surgery and the other was the Nerve Injury Risk acknowledgement form. She did not explain anything to me about the risk of nerve injury and neither did the surgeon. Of course, I signed both forms without reading them. Then she handed me the breakdown of the bill that I owed and what the insurance would pay. I then made out a check for my portion.

Soon, the surgeon came back in along with at least 3 assistants. One of the assistants put a blood pressure cuff around my left arm and attached a monitoring device (I think for my heart rate) on one of my fingers on my right hand. The surgeon sat down next to me and without a word, put an IV line in my arm and started injecting shots into the IV. Within approximately one minute, I was out.

The next thing I remember is waking up in excruciating pain in my lower gums. I was in total terror! I felt the surgeon stitching up my lower gum on my right side. I tried to lift my arms, but the people in the room were holding me down. I don’t remember being able to scream and I could not open my eyes. Somebody said, “We’re almost done” or “It’s almost over.” But I kept trying to get my arms free because of the pain I was in. The next thing I remember was the surgeon saying, “What? What?” in a tone of voice like I was irritating him. (I must have been moaning in pain, though I don’t remember hearing myself.) The next thing I know, they released my arms and I was able to move both of my arms up to the sides of my lower jaw to be able to point out with my fingers that I was in pain. The surgeon said, “Oh.” He then injected a numbing agent into both sides of my lower gums. I moaned out in pain when he injected me and I felt my eyes well up with tears. This was pure torture as I was not numb at all when he injected me. The next thing I remember is the surgeon telling the other people in the room, “She’ll be back in a week.” I also heard someone say, “What a mess.” I knew things must have gone terribly wrong.

When it was finally time for me to “really” wake up, they told me to open my eyes. It took me a minute or two to be able to open my eyes, but I finally did. My body felt as if it was in total shock. I kept tapping the monitoring device that was on my finger against the chair arm, until someone told me to stop. My entire body was trembling. As I started to come down a little from the trauma, I looked over at my left arm and noticed that my entire arm and hand, front and back, below where the blood pressure cuff had been, was splotched with blood underneath the skin. (Later, I learned that this was broken blood vessels?) With my mouth full of gauze-type stuff, I managed to ask the assistant what happened. At first he acted like he didn’t see anything and asked me what I was talking about. But it was clear to see all of the red splotches under the skin. I then held up my right arm against the left arm. Then he couldn’t act like he didn’t see it anymore. He said, “Oh, I don’t know what happened. I’ll ask the doctor.” Then he must have just decided to tell me. “You tried to get loose from the blood pressure cuff during the surgery.” Now, I don’t remember trying to get loose. This leads me to believe that I was awake more of the time during the surgery than I remember. Anyway, the assistant, along with everyone else, tried to act like there was nothing out of the ordinary that happened.

The assistant then escorted me to a little cubbyhole area where there was a padded bench-like bed to recover and a chair. A few minutes later, they brought my dad in (He was there to take me home) to sit in the chair beside me. After what I had been through, I couldn’t wait to get out of there, so I sat up and tried to act like I was okay. During this time, I continually examined my left arm and so did the assistant. I have to say it was shocking. Soon, the surgeon came in and told me that the tooth was sitting very close to the nerve. He told me that the numbness of my chin and lip on the left side would probably last for a couple of days.

Well, the numbness never went away. And to make matters worse, on day 3 after the surgery, I started feeling pain along the side of my face, my chin, lip, and the gum area behind my chin on the left side and eventually in my ear. Within the first week after surgery, I had been to my regular doctor and to a dentist. After examining my mouth, the dentist commented, “Was there any reason you had to get all of your wisdom teeth removed?” Yeah, well there’s a clue. Maybe I really didn’t need to, now did I? At any rate, neither the dentist nor my doctor was able to help me. And as for the surgeon, he was totally correct in that I was back in exactly one week, in excruciating pain!

I will say that when I went back to see him, his attitude toward me was totally different than his rude attitude on the day of the surgery. I wonder why. Possibly, he was afraid of a lawsuit? Anyway, this time, he wanted to answer questions and be nice to me. He even tried to crack a few jokes. However, when I told him that I remembered waking up, he looked very embarrassed. He laughed and said, “Everybody thinks they woke up.” He also chuckled and said this a second time at the end of the appointment as he was leaving the room. So, I am thinking this may have been a big deal that I was awake, moving my arms, my head, trying to escape? Why else does he want to convince me that I wasn’t awake? Did I move my head and he slipped with the drill and hit my nerve, etc?

I was kept on the medication, vicodin, day and night for the first 3 weeks. Then I was able to withstand the pain throughout the day and just took the vicodin after the workday was over and at night.

Thus far, I have been back to the oral surgeon 3 more times. One of those times, I was able to see another surgeon in the office, who read my chart. He said that the surgeon who did the surgery noted that he saw the nerve but did not indicate that the nerve was disturbed? Ha! Yeah, right! I was also able to question one of the assistants who was in the room during the surgery. I told her that I remembered waking up. I then asked her, “Most people forget, don’t they?” She wouldn’t look at me, but she indicated, “yes.” She then asked me what part I remembered. I could tell by her question, her tone and by her avoidance to look at me, that she knows something. This further leads me to believe that I was awake throughout more, most or all of the procedure, but I just don’t remember everything.

On 9/22/06, I went to see a neurologist. He indicates 3 to 6 months healing time, if the nerve heals. He doesn’t know, at this point, if the nerve was crushed or severed or what. There is a test, like an MRI, that might be able to tell us just how bad it is. On my next appointment, I am going to ask to have this done because I really want to know what the surgeon is not telling me. By the way, this neurologist (who is probably in his sixties) still has his wisdom teeth. Why? Because he knew they were close to the nerves. I guess he didn’t want to risk it, even though he was told he should get them out.

Today is 9/24/06. I still have pain, though it is much better than before. Hopefully, it will continue to improve. But I am starting to come to the reality that I may have to live with the numbness and pain for the rest of my life. On the left side of my face, I have complete loss of feeling in my lip and part of my gums and I have substantial loss of feeling in my chin. It feels like waking up everyday with a big, fat, painful lip. It affects me when I talk and when I eat. If I’m not careful while eating, I chew up the inside of my lip. It is also tough when I am talking to clients, on the phone or face-to-face. They can’t see it and I can’t see it. But I feel it – that big, fat lip 24/7. I try to act like nothing is wrong, but still it takes away from my confidence. This injury has also affected me in that I have no social life anymore. After work and on weekends, I simply stay home and watch television. Nothing is enjoyable anymore. I do hope to be able to try to become more active in life again, and hopefully soon. It’s just hard, though.

The future is an unknown journey at this time as to how and/or if I will heal and how I will proceed with medical and potential legal issues. The moral of the story is that people should be aware of the risks of surgery, wisdom teeth removal, etc. My surgeon didn’t explain anything about the risk of nerve injury or that one of my wisdom teeth was close to a nerve. I think this was ridiculously unprofessional of him. Ideally they should warn you, verbally, about this stuff. Then they should tell you to go to this website to see what others are going through. And finally, they should schedule the surgery for at least one week after the consultation – that is IF the patient still wants the surgery. OH, but the surgeon’s income would probably be cut in half if they did it that way. And also, on another note, NOBODY should have to wake up in excruciating pain during the procedure like I did. I am totally furious about this. They totally failed to take proper care of me.

In closing, one thing I’m going to do is tell my friends and family about this experience and try to spread the word. I think others should too. God bless all of you who have posted on this site and those who have not. I feel for you and what you are going through. I wish complete recovery for all of you.

All the best,

Sharon



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57. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I have put this off for far too long. But I feel obligated to write my story now, knowing that it may help others. I know for me, all of the messages posted on this site have helped me tremendously in so many ways.

I had all four of my wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) taken out by an oral surgeon on 8/21/06. I am left with an injury now that may very well last my entire life. The inferior alveolar nerve, which is one of the sensory nerves, was damaged during the surgery.

The story goes like this. I had 4 different dentists tell me that I should get my wisdom teeth out over a 2-year period. Three of the dentists work in the same dental group and office. I ignored the suggestion of the first three dentists, as they gave no pressing reason for me to have the procedure done. However, the fourth dentist told me that the teeth next to my wisdom teeth were starting to decay and that they would not fill them until I got my wisdom teeth out. (I’m not so sure now that I believe my teeth were really decaying.) Therefore, he referred me to an oral surgeon and I made the appointment to get them out.

The consultation and surgery were scheduled on the same day, 8/21/06. I went in and within 15 minutes, they brought me back, took X-rays and sat me in THE CHAIR. Soon after, the surgeon came in and briefly told me what the procedure would entail. I stopped him citing a couple of concerns I had. One of which was that my nerves in my gums are very sensitive and that I’ve had problems in the past after getting fillings. He laughed it off because I had mistakenly referred to them as “big nerves.” But he should have known what I was talking about in that my nerves are higher up in the gums than most people. At least that is what one of my dentists concluded after doing my fillings. I also told him that I had a bad reaction to general anesthesia when I had surgery on my feet. The only thing he asked was, “When?” I told him it was that past April and he didn’t ask any other questions or request details at all. In fact, he acted irritated with me as soon as I told him I had a couple of concerns. Just to make it clear, though, the bad reaction was that I was feeling sick for at least 2 weeks afterward. He then came over and looked in my mouth and told his assistant that one of the extractions, the bottom left, would be a surgical extraction as this was the only wisdom tooth that was impacted. He then left the room. I SHOULD HAVE DARTED FOR THE DOOR, AT THIS POINT! But I didn’t.

In his absence, the assistant handed me a couple of papers to sign. One of which was the consent for him to perform the surgery and the other was the Nerve Injury Risk acknowledgement form. She did not explain anything to me about the risk of nerve injury and neither did the surgeon. Of course, I signed both forms without reading them. Then she handed me the breakdown of the bill that I owed and what the insurance would pay. I then made out a check for my portion.

Soon, the surgeon came back in along with at least 3 assistants. One of the assistants put a blood pressure cuff around my left arm and attached a monitoring device (I think for my heart rate) on one of my fingers on my right hand. The surgeon sat down next to me and without a word, put an IV line in my arm and started injecting shots into the IV. Within approximately one minute, I was out.

The next thing I remember is waking up in excruciating pain in my lower gums. I was in total terror! I felt the surgeon stitching up my lower gum on my right side. I tried to lift my arms, but the people in the room were holding me down. I don’t remember being able to scream and I could not open my eyes. Somebody said, “We’re almost done” or “It’s almost over.” But I kept trying to get my arms free because of the pain I was in. The next thing I remember was the surgeon saying, “What? What?” in a tone of voice like I was irritating him. (I must have been moaning in pain, though I don’t remember hearing myself.) The next thing I know, they released my arms and I was able to move both of my arms up to the sides of my lower jaw to be able to point out with my fingers that I was in pain. The surgeon said, “Oh.” He then injected a numbing agent into both sides of my lower gums. I moaned out in pain when he injected me and I felt my eyes well up with tears. This was pure torture as I was not numb at all when he injected me. The next thing I remember is the surgeon telling the other people in the room, “She’ll be back in a week.” I also heard someone say, “What a mess.” I knew things must have gone terribly wrong.

When it was finally time for me to “really” wake up, they told me to open my eyes. It took me a minute or two to be able to open my eyes, but I finally did. My body felt as if it was in total shock. I kept tapping the monitoring device that was on my finger against the chair arm, until someone told me to stop. My entire body was trembling. As I started to come down a little from the trauma, I looked over at my left arm and noticed that my entire arm and hand, front and back, below where the blood pressure cuff had been, was splotched with blood underneath the skin. (Later, I learned that this was broken blood vessels?) With my mouth full of gauze-type stuff, I managed to ask the assistant what happened. At first he acted like he didn’t see anything and asked me what I was talking about. But it was clear to see all of the red splotches under the skin. I then held up my right arm against the left arm. Then he couldn’t act like he didn’t see it anymore. He said, “Oh, I don’t know what happened. I’ll ask the doctor.” Then he must have just decided to tell me. “You tried to get loose from the blood pressure cuff during the surgery.” Now, I don’t remember trying to get loose. This leads me to believe that I was awake more of the time during the surgery than I remember. Anyway, the assistant, along with everyone else, tried to act like there was nothing out of the ordinary that happened.

The assistant then escorted me to a little cubbyhole area where there was a padded bench-like bed to recover and a chair. A few minutes later, they brought my dad in (He was there to take me home) to sit in the chair beside me. After what I had been through, I couldn’t wait to get out of there, so I sat up and tried to act like I was okay. During this time, I continually examined my left arm and so did the assistant. I have to say it was shocking. Soon, the surgeon came in and told me that the tooth was sitting very close to the nerve. He told me that the numbness of my chin and lip on the left side would probably last for a couple of days.

Well, the numbness never went away. And to make matters worse, on day 3 after the surgery, I started feeling pain along the side of my face, my chin, lip, and the gum area behind my chin on the left side and eventually in my ear. Within the first week after surgery, I had been to my regular doctor and to a dentist. After examining my mouth, the dentist commented, “Was there any reason you had to get all of your wisdom teeth removed?” Yeah, well there’s a clue. Maybe I really didn’t need to, now did I? At any rate, neither the dentist nor my doctor was able to help me. And as for the surgeon, he was totally correct in that I was back in exactly one week, in excruciating pain!

I will say that when I went back to see him, his attitude toward me was totally different than his rude attitude on the day of the surgery. I wonder why. Possibly, he was afraid of a lawsuit? Anyway, this time, he wanted to answer questions and be nice to me. He even tried to crack a few jokes. However, when I told him that I remembered waking up, he looked very embarrassed. He laughed and said, “Everybody thinks they woke up.” He also chuckled and said this a second time at the end of the appointment as he was leaving the room. So, I am thinking this may have been a big deal that I was awake, moving my arms, my head, trying to escape? Why else does he want to convince me that I wasn’t awake? Did I move my head and he slipped with the drill and hit my nerve, etc?

I was kept on the medication, vicodin, day and night for the first 3 weeks. Then I was able to withstand the pain throughout the day and just took the vicodin after the workday was over and at night.

Thus far, I have been back to the oral surgeon 3 more times. One of those times, I was able to see another surgeon in the office, who read my chart. He said that the surgeon who did the surgery noted that he saw the nerve but did not indicate that the nerve was disturbed? Ha! Yeah, right! I was also able to question one of the assistants who was in the room during the surgery. I told her that I remembered waking up. I then asked her, “Most people forget, don’t they?” She wouldn’t look at me, but she indicated, “yes.” She then asked me what part I remembered. I could tell by her question, her tone and by her avoidance to look at me, that she knows something. This further leads me to believe that I was awake throughout more, most or all of the procedure, but I just don’t remember everything.

On 9/22/06, I went to see a neurologist. He indicates 3 to 6 months healing time, if the nerve heals. He doesn’t know, at this point, if the nerve was crushed or severed or what. There is a test, like an MRI, that might be able to tell us just how bad it is. On my next appointment, I am going to ask to have this done because I really want to know what the surgeon is not telling me. By the way, this neurologist (who is probably in his sixties) still has his wisdom teeth. Why? Because he knew they were close to the nerves. I guess he didn’t want to risk it, even though he was told he should get them out.

Today is 9/24/06. I still have pain, though it is much better than before. Hopefully, it will continue to improve. But I am starting to come to the reality that I may have to live with the numbness and pain for the rest of my life. On the left side of my face, I have complete loss of feeling in my lip and part of my gums and I have substantial loss of feeling in my chin. It feels like waking up everyday with a big, fat, painful lip. It affects me when I talk and when I eat. If I’m not careful while eating, I chew up the inside of my lip. It is also tough when I am talking to clients, on the phone or face-to-face. They can’t see it and I can’t see it. But I feel it – that big, fat lip 24/7. I try to act like nothing is wrong, but still it takes away from my confidence. This injury has also affected me in that I have no social life anymore. After work and on weekends, I simply stay home and watch television. Nothing is enjoyable anymore. I do hope to be able to try to become more active in life again, and hopefully soon. It’s just hard, though.

The future is an unknown journey at this time as to how and/or if I will heal and how I will proceed with medical and potential legal issues. The moral of the story is that people should be aware of the risks of surgery, wisdom teeth removal, etc. My surgeon didn’t explain anything about the risk of nerve injury or that one of my wisdom teeth was close to a nerve. I think this was ridiculously unprofessional of him. Ideally they should warn you, verbally, about this stuff. Then they should tell you to go to this website to see what others are going through. And finally, they should schedule the surgery for at least one week after the consultation – that is IF the patient still wants the surgery. OH, but the surgeon’s income would probably be cut in half if they did it that way. And also, on another note, NOBODY should have to wake up in excruciating pain during the procedure like I did. I am totally furious about this. They totally failed to take proper care of me.

In closing, one thing I’m going to do is tell my friends and family about this experience and try to spread the word. I think others should too. God bless all of you who have posted on this site and those who have not. I feel for you and what you are going through. I wish complete recovery for all of you.

All the best,

Sharon



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Dear Dr B.:
RE: Numbness after Dental Implant
On May 19, 2006 I had 2 dental implants put in on both sides of my lower jaw. On the right side it went without problem. On my left side after a week I was still completely numb in my gums, chin and lip and my teeth felt so tight like someone put them in a vice grip tightly. I called the dr who put in the implants and he did an xray and backed out the implant. He did not know what could have happened but said that I may or may not get any feeling back? I went home and cried...alot.
After 3 months, I started to get a tickling, itchy and prickling feeling and actually started to feel my gums when I floss my teeth, Hope! it has been 4 months and I and still feeling uncomfortable with electrical shocking when I touch my gums it shocks my lips. I went back to see the dr and I will be getting a ct scan done so that he can see what is going on...finally.....
Have you heard of anyone else out there with dental implants having this experience?


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60. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Burning Tounge, Shooting pain, Reply to AJ"

Very interesting AJ. I have a very simular disorder and have been dealing with it since October of 2004. Mine started with the third molar from the back on the lower right jaw. I'm not a doctor, but an engineer. I woke up one morning early with extreme pain and my teeth were actually chattering because the pain was so severe. I took Advil to help calm it down but over a period of two months that became a big problem for my stomach. So, I saw a local dentist and then an oral surgeon. This thing was temperamental too. The day I went to see the oral surgeon, it wouldn’t display the awful pain I was enduring most of the time. He took x-rays, froze the tooth, heated it, and then finally shot me up with an anesthesia to send me to lunch. When I came back he asked if it bothered me while eating. It did not and he concluded that it was not nerve damage. I didn't believe him even then. I finally had to return to the states from the Caribbean where I was stationed for two years at a radio station. I know, "nice duty" and it was. I had my long time dentist at home take a look at it and he decided that the crowned tooth needed a fourth root cannel. I let him do it and one week later I was sicker than before. He decided that it was cracked and shearing and recommended it be extracted and sent me off to a surgeon to have it out.
I returned to the islands and over the next 3 months it was terrible. My tongue felt like it was on fire and eating food was difficult. I finally began to search the internet for answers. I found that a French hospital had posted a study on the damage of the lingual nerve due to tooth extraction. So, I took that to heart and after some study of the subject became convinced that I indeed had the disorder.
Well, I began to see a local dentist and she suggested I have a root cannel done on the second molar in from the rear, the one in front of the wisdom teeth I had out 30 years ago. She did it and found that this tooth was also cracked inline with the jaw. She also suggested taking massive doses of B12 injections. I was reluctant to try this but after a month of getting no better I tried it. I had a total of six injections. Nothing happened at first but after a month or so I began to feel better. By June I felt good enough to consider having a bridge made and set out to have that done by October of 2005.

Everything was great up until a few weeks ago in January 2007. I have no idea what kicked it off, but it's back again and it hurts like the dickens. When I chew on the opposite side it gets pretty bad. When I talk it lights up and my tongue has trouble forming words that require its use. When it is happening I cannot spite, so it is affecting the control of the mussels that form the face and tighten the lips to spit and talk, such as when you brush the teeth and want to spit out the foam. I have found that chewing on the hurting side does actually help to alleviate the pain. The pain never goes away while eating but at least I can get most of my food down. I was surprised to see that others who have experienced this are having very similar sensations.

My dentist here at home does not understand what I am experiencing. I am about to let him do another root cannel in the fourth tooth from the back where my bridge is hooked on. I don't know? I think he is shooting in the dark and I am afraid that I am going to spend $1500.00 to have him so something that possibly has nothing to do with the pain I am already in.

Some questions have crossed my mind. Is there enough evidence to prove that a dentist may have done the deed by injecting the nerve with anesthesia? If so how come these guys aren't aware of what they are doing to the few of us who have this injury? Is it possible that a B12 deficiency can cause this type of thing to reoccur and is it related to other symptoms in the body? For instance, I have a baby finger on my left hand that has been numb since this summer and the ball of my right foot is also numb. I’m 55 and I can’t believe that older age is getting the best of me.

I would be interested to hear what you think about this.

Jon


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   19 years ago I had my wisdom teeth out all four. I have had nerve damage on lower left since than. Its the kind of nerve damage that is always there, doesn't hurt too bad unless you touch area in mouth with floss etc... About 5 years ago I got a bout of trigeninal neuralgia worst pain I have ever experieinced on the same side of face as nerve damage from wisdom teeth. One year ago I had this awful pain in mouth tongue, gums, teeth under tongue and throat- electrafying (sp) went to dentist he said it was a bacterial infection. I have some extra skin from where my wisdom teeth were extracted same side as I have had all the problems (dentist said bacteria is forming here) went and saw - two specialist and three weeks ago had molar on bottom left removed now I have awful nerve damage again- right now its getting better but let me tell you I have had many sleepless nights because the pain has been so severe I can't sleep. I was taking codeine, vicodens, antibiotics, steroids. Went and saw a neurologist who prescribed trileptal. The pain is mostly a electric like pins and needles in my tongue. I am set up for an mri and mra in a few weeks. I cant believe that all this started 19 years ago and that I am still at times struggling with it.I have never posted anything before but was reading what other people have dealt with and felt compelled to write.


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62. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr. B - not sure if you are a Dr. or a Dentis, or just someone who cares. Below is my story - I did not include my interaction with my dentist - which was satisfactory after I threatned to get the word out about how they were handling me.....

I am posting with a question about the length of recovery from nerve damage. About a year ago I experienced this nerve damage at the dentist during a filling. I had the "zinging" that many have referred to (during the injection) and my tongue was number for about 3 days and the injection site was sore for about a month. I took the steroid pack within a few days of the filling. I was told to wait a year - by a number of dentists - and things should be back to normal.

I almost feel bad posting this as my symptoms are not as severe as some others. BUT - I do have this awful tongue "burning" sensation all of the time. It feels like those pop-rock candies that you put on our tongue and they sizzle.... Has anyone experienced this? Are you experiencing this a year later? Nothing seems to help - though a few things make it worse - carbonated baverages and alcoholic beverages.

If you have any advice, I would love to hear it - and please advise if you think I have any recourse with the dentist. I am 37 and the thought of this burning going on for the rest of my life seems more than I can bear. Also - my tongue feels thick - and I slur - but these aren't quite as bothersome as the burning.

Thank you!!!
Allison


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   Allison,
My name is mike and i was just looking this nerve damage thing up. 14 days ago I had a wisdom tooth pulled. I am 43 years old
and this is my 3rd wisdom pulled. I was takin in as an emergency case
and was told to be there right at 4:15 as the dr. had a meeting to go to at 5pm. When I arrive I am takin right in and the dr. seemed to have 2 other patients going at the same time. He put the Q-tip with the numbing solution in and said I'll be back soon. I can tell he's rushing around,so he comes back and sinks this long needle in
( which felt like it hit my jawbone ) and suddenly it felt like a
50,000 volt taser was shoved in my mouth , I almost came out of the chair. The dr. apologized and stated that he hit the nerve. Now I have numb and sometimes burning sensation on like 60% of my tongue.
I called the dr. after 4 days and they said it's normal nothing to worry about. I called again yesterday and they say maybe it will take a little time. Now I'm reading up on this lingual nerve damage stuff and I am now officially horrorfied. I think it was done on a rush job by my dr. and now to read and hear I may have this forever!!! Well I'm not a very happy camper. I have lost most of my taste and I have bit it to the point of bleeding 3 times already. Not to mention I have just had a gastic by-pass surgery 9 months ago
and can only eat a very little food at a time, but now i cant even enjoy it. My e-mail is mlamagruff@hotmail.com . Maybe because we both suffer this we can e-mail eachother any important info we find out about it.

Mike


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diane
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   i wish i knew the answer to the pain issue i experience, I've had my pain for 7 years every day every minute every second of every day and I have found nothing releives the pain apart from when I'm asleep..I had cosmetic dentistry just composite veneer to close gap between two from incisors I had a needle so he could smooth down around gum line.. well I then experienced a knumbing around gum line and a pressure feeling along with a constant burning sensation..sometimes it gets so bad I cant talk or eat.. my front teeth feel foreign in my mouth and sometimes feels like my teeth are protuding and cannot form a o shape for o sounds with speach.. sounds kinda weird huh! Well it would appear quite a few proffessionals think I'm a bit weird too.. but any way I have been to every type of dr I even had a franectamy removal of tissue between two front teeth and have had composite removed and replaced to no avail.. have been diagnozed with TMJ, post traumatic neuralgia and trigeminal neurlagia and being quite mad phsycological disorder.. any hoo would appreciate any knowledge any one has on subject.. have recently been issued with mouth splint from maxillo facial surgeon.. hmmm bit hard to wear when ya gums hurt doc but anyway any news is good news people thanks Diane


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   I went to the dentist Thursday morning and had a filling done on my last lower molar on the bottom right side..... everything was fine other than the needle seemed to hit close to a nerve and I got a bit of the "zing" description that everyone here seems to have had. My lip and check had the sensation returned in them by dinnertime, but my tongue was still "numb" for a lack of better words by the time I went to bed. The best way to describe it is when you take a drink of something really hot and burn your tongue. It doesn't burn, and it's not in pain, but I can't really taste much, and it feels very weird on just the right side, mostly towards the back of it. I called my dentist this afternoon and talked to the assistant to find out about if this was normal, who told me it could have hit the nerve, and I should regain sensation in 7-10 days. Since this was really bothering me (I can't taste things right, my speech is slightly effected, and worst of all I can't feel it completely when I kiss my boyfriend.) I came across this website while researching and realized I needed more information. I called my dentist back and talked to him directly about what substances were used, apparently Septocaine. He was understanding and explained exactly what I've been reading here. Once I described the symptoms to him, he apologized that I was one of the rare people that this happened to. He did tell me that in his 15 years of practice that everyone he has had this happen to has recovered, the longest being about 2 years. I grew up in a family with doctors, so I understand there are always risks, primarily allergic reactions to the substances that are used.... but I was never made aware that -this- could be a possible problem. I understand that it's not an exact science, and I always try to ask conscientious questions about any procedures I have. I do know that I have it less severe than many, but do you have any recommendations to speed the heealing process? Does increased bloodflow help? What vitamins/minerals help speed nerve damage? I'm hesitant about all the "fixing it with electricity" solutions I seem to be finding, it seems like there would be much potential for it to be a double-edged sword.


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66. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I just found this website and am very relieved to know what this
injury is called. I just recently went to a neurologist who did a MRI of
my brain and cervical spine to determine nerve inflammation or anything
that shouldn't be there. The brain MRI came back normal and the cervical
showed some arthritis. Nothing explained this burning sensation that I
continue to have. It began about 10 days after having several amalgam
fillings replaced on upper and lower right side (4 total) on Nov.14,06. I
had a panic attack in the dental chair after being given nitrous oxide
and several injections. By the time I left my eye was numb. It was a
terrible experience. After the numbing wore off, I had some achiness and
sensitivity. Nothing major, except when I slept on the right side I would
wakeup with terrible face ache. I'd take tylenol and go back to sleep.
By the tenth day or so, I began having surges of pain in my teeth and
right sinus. I also found my bite to be off as well. I went back
to have my bite adjusted and still got no relief. I thought I had a
sinus infection since my sinus had a seering pain. I was put on
antibiotics and it didn't get better. I then had sinus xrays and that was normal.
I then saw a oral facial pain specialist who did a CT scan and found
tht my TMJ was inflammed. However, he didn't accept insurance and wanted
$2100 to fit me with a mouth guard and give me three treatments. He
gave me several prescriptions ( steroids, antidepressant, antinflamatory
and some other pain med). I did take the antinflammatory, but my stomach
was so messed up from the antibiotics and all the advil and tylenols I
had been taking I didn't take the other drugs. Also, I ended up in ER
due to terrible panic attacks. So i was given Xanax. I switched from that
after a few days to oxazepam ( sleeping pill). I was in bad shape.
Thankfully after about two weeks of the horrific pain surges, it began to
get better. I had a few days when I hardly had any pain. I thoug!
ht I was getting back to normal. Then I began having burning, tingling
and numbing sensations on the left side of my face, temple, nose,
tongue, lips across the forehead and scalp to the base of my head. I would
feel lightheaded and found it difficult to speak clearly and focus. My throat also ached when I talked too long. I
also got a frozen shoulder due to the stress of all this. I saw a
chiropractor for a few weeks. I am now seeing a physical therapist who
specializes in TMJ treatment as well as a neurologist. I just began seeing the
neurologist three weeks. He has put me on prednisone, valium and
zoloft. The prednisone seem to help some, however I was still having
intermitent burning although much milder. When I went back to see him after two
weeks he put me on tegretol and is weaning me off the prednisone. I am
very concerned about taking this drug due to all the potential side
effects. Also, this drug is for people with severe trigeminal nerve damage
and my problem isn't severe nor do I think its's trigeminal. I've been on the tegretol for 1 1/2 weeks, 100mgs once a day. This is the lowest dose, however my doc want
me to increase to twice a day. I don't want to do this. And now that I
have found this website and now know what this is, I'm not so sure I need
to be on these drugs. I am significantly better now. I have very mild
burning now occassionally through out the day and it now mostly the left
temple/ cheek area and across the forehead.I am sleeping better now and
not feeling so anxious since taking the valium ( 1mg 2 times during the
day and 2mgs at night). The zoloft, I was told will help the other drugs
work better. If there is anyone that have some recommendation on a
better specialist I should see for this or anyother recommendation, I would
appreciate hearing from you. I live in the Houston, TX area.


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   going on two months"

I was having an old filling worked on. I too felt the shot of fire going through the tongue and it didn't feel like any injection I had ever received before. I was going to have a crown put in.
Hi Dr. B

My name is Nancy and I live in Winnetka, Ca. I went in for a crown and he hit my ongue and it felt like fire and pain...

The left side of the tongue tingles, half numb, food taste like metal and the tip of the tongue stings. In the beginning I felt spicy different on either side of the tongue. The mouth taste terrible.. no matter how many times I brush or use mouthwash.
I was told it would feel better in a couple of weeks...but this is now two months and no signs of getting any better. Yet the dentist still charged me the full price for the crown.
I need to go back in for a chipped filling... and I really don't want to. I had problems in his office before with one of his hyginist being too rough and yanking out the filling in the tooth I ended up having the crown done on. He let her go. He felt sorry for me and worked on me himself and he does this...
I have read throughout the site about B12... does it help???
Food taste like steel....it sucks...
Nancy_stang@yahoo.com



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   Sustained nerve damage after having a fully boney impacted lower wisdom tooth removed .

All 4 of my wisdom teeth were impacted with the 2 lower teeth being the worst . 5 yrs ago had one of my lower wisdom teeth & both uppers removed without any problems .

Had to see a dentist which wasnt my usual dentist due to him being on vacation . Was told the last wisdom tooth extraction was going to be very difficult due to its position & being fully encased in my jaw bone . The dentist repeatedly told me how serious it could be if not extracted or done properly . Since it wasnt my usual dentist i thought it was just a scare tactic & opted for a second opinion from my usual dentist .

Since he was still on vacation i got stuck with his newly hired assistant . When looking at my xray he decided it might be best to wait for my dentist to get back from vacation since he had very limited experiance removing wisdom teeth & he also stated hes never done a impacted wisdom tooth .

After having another look at my xray , said i can take it out for you no problem right now . I repeatedly asked him if he felt comfortable doing it having never done a impacted tooth & told him if he had any doubts whatsoever i would rather wait for my dentist & just start taking antibiotics till then .

He again reassured me that it would be no problem then proceeded to tell me its gonna be 600 & handed me a release form . Red flag should have went up right then but since i have had 3 prior impacted teeth removed i didnt feel it would be a bid deal .

I have a terrible feeling im gonna be paying for that mistake the rest of my life . It took the dentist a good 30 minutes to remove the tooth & during the extraction he was having trouble getting the tooth out even after being sectioned with a surgical drill .

After stitching me up i asked if i could have what was left of my tooth since i was able to keep the 3 prior wisdom teeth after removal & his assistant very rudely said no .

Looking over at the tray i was horrified at the size of bone & tooth that was removed & knew immediatly i had made a huge mistake letting this inexperianced dentist remove my tooth .

Almost 7 weeks later i still have a numb lip , chin & lower teeth on the side of the extraction . When going in for a post op checkup the dentist seemed unconcerned about the numbness & claims it takes along time to heal at my age (36) & it could take up to six months to get feeling back . He then stated that it was a difficult extraction & was good practice for him .

My main concern is if i ever have problems with any of the teeth on that side of my jaw i wont know until severe infection sets in due to the numbness . Never knew having a tooth removed could be so dangerous .


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Dr B
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69. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   You should be evaluated by someone who does repairs. The dentist was probably over his head, and you probably have a lawsuit if you choose.
Where are you?

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70. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Im in alaska . I doubt theres anyone on the kenai peninsula who does nerve injury repairs & i would probably need to make a trip to anchorage which is about 275 miles .

The following day after surgery i was in such intense pain even after taking hydrocodone i thought my jaw was broken since i could barely open my mouth .

He didnt even prescribe any dexadron till 3 days after the surgery by which time my face was badly swollen . Didnt get the usual plastic syringe till 3 wks after the extraction.

The wound after 2 months still hasnt closed & im begining to become very concerned theres something very wrong .

Going to another dentist in a few days & see if he can take a xray to see if theres any bone or tooth fragments left in my jaw that he may have missed . The dentist & his assistant think they got all of it since they supposedly heard the last peice get sucked out thru the suction hose . Its like a bad nightmare that never ends .


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71. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   It just keeps getting worse .. Went to a diffrent dentist today & had a xray taken . Sure enough the last dentist left a entire root in my jaw .

So now i have to go thru this all over again . Im not a happy camper . The remaining root is lodged in my jawbone so more of my jawbone will need to be removed to extract it .

I was told i should try to get in touch with a oral surgeon in california to find out if im a candidate for surgery to repair the nerve damage & extract the remaining root .

What makes this worse is i have no medical coverage whatsoever & i hear this type of operation can be extremely costly .

At this point im seriously considering filing a lawsuit against this dentist & have been told it would not even make it to trial due to the dentists statements & negligence .

The fact he told me that my extraction was the first impacted wisdom tooth he had ever done & the fact he said it was good practice for him combined with the root being left in my jaw & nerve damage it would be most likely be settled out of court .

No amount of money will ever make up for the damage & pain i have & will continue to endure .

If it wasnt for bad luck , i would have no luck at all . I truly am cursed ..


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72. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   I know a good lawyer in Anchorage. Email me and I'll give you his name. Also, some suggestions as to a repair person.

Jcbax@aol.com

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73. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Dr.B

I have a root canal on my left last molar( not a wisdom tooth)at the end of March. Before the root canal, I have pain, however, it is nothing compare to the pain I get after.Just A few days later after the root canal, my tongue suddenly burn up, I also have pain on my left hand side, teeth, gum, jaw feeling tight, sometime like electric pain go through my tooth. About two weeks my tongue getting better,however the pain and tight from my left hand side still there, some day I feel good just like normal,some days I feel bad.I have no idea what happened to me, the specialist doing this insist nothing wrong about the root canal tooth, however, she didn't want me to be in pain anymore, she suggest me to take the tooth out.I was very surprise, it has to be something wrong, otherwise where is the pain come from? it is not like the pain I get before the root canal, she only take one X-way to tell me nothing wrong, how could she be so sure?

Recently I read so much about this web site, I believe that the burning tongue should be the nerve injure, however I still don't know the pain from the left hand side, because when I touch the tooth, I did not feel any pain, the pain come whenever it like, some days it come several time and end quick, some time it keep coming back it last for 2 or 3 hours. The people talking about the TN, TMJ, also about the material the specialist using in my tooth, even one mention the overfill of the root canal, there is so many possibilities, I really don't know what should I do first, should I take off the tooth or keeping finding a specialist to rule out all the possibilities?
How can I found out there is nothing wrong about my root canal tooth except using the sample X-way? Should I just take all the material out and see what happened? Every time thinking about going to the dental work again is scare me to dead. Please give me your advice.

I will go to another dentist who is professor in the dentist school, I wish he can give me a good answer, however, I think I get more knowledge from this web site, a lot of information here. And my own dentist don't even bother to tell me my tongue burning is because of the nerve injure.

You are so kind to giving all the advises to all these people.

God bless you.

Joan


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74. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi Dr B

I went to my dentist 2 weeks ago for a replacement of a crown on lower right side of mouth. I was injected with xylocaine and immediatly felt something was wrong. Like electricity going though my tongue. It really hurt too. My dentist then asked if my lip felt numb and I replied my tongue is numb. I knew the injection didnt feel right but I thought it would be ok in a few hours. Two weeks later my right half of tongue is still numb and painful and the inside of my right gum is numb also. The dentist is completetly lost on how this could have happened and then told me she read up on it and stated the pain and numbness should go away within 8 weeks.I then went to my family doctor who put me on prednisone for 10 days. I am 5 days into treatment with the prednisone. I think there might be a tiny bit of improvement . At the end of the day is when everything bothers me the most. My tongue feels like raw hamburger. I wish I knew something about this before I went to the dentist because I definatley would have set up some kind of hand signals to stop the procedure if I knew this horrible thing could happen.

Linda Marie


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Staci
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75. "RE: Please email me with your story"
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   Hi! I just recently found this board and started posting, so here is my story.

It all started several weeks back when I had a bad toothache that my dentist insisted I needed to see a gum specialist for. I knew my dentist was wrong since this felt like a nerve going bad, but I went to see the gum specialist to humor him since the pain was on and off at that time. After seeing the specialist and basically being told that my gums needed to be cut apart for extensive gum surgery (which by the way I am not doing now) I was also told I did need a root canal done on the tooth that had been hurting me. I called up the root canal specialist and I was told I had to wait three weeks for an appointment. Never mind that I was already experiencing more steady pain, since it was just too bad for me. I called back a few days later saying the pain got much worse and that I couldn't wait so long, so the best they could do is move my appointment up to two weeks, which I wasn't happy about. I should have found another specialist, but I just suffered with severe pain taking advils day and night. Anyway, I finally got to have the root canal done and my mouth was still throbbing me. The pain was beyond belief, so I went back three different times and the root canal was done all over again in case something was missed and I was still in a lot of pain. At that point the specialist recommended that I have the tooth pulled since nothing seemed to be working. I really didn't care and just wanted to be out of pain so I went the following Monday, which was actually just 4 days ago and had an oral surgeon put me to sleep and extract the tooth that was giving me pain, in addition to extracting a wisdom tooth that I knew would also have to be pulled eventually since it was rising and throwing my bite off because of an upper wisdom tooth that was extracted years ago. This was the last of my wisdom teeth to go. The other tooth that was causing so much pain was my molar, which is right next to the wisdom tooth. Anyway, I was given an IV to put me to sleep for the extractions. I was very sore from the extractions, but felt that at least the severe pain would be over. Another problem I forgot to mention is before my extractions were done, my bottom lip and jaw were all numb and the oral surgeon told me it was probably due to infection. Well, I think he was wrong since I am still very numb in those areas, in addition to being very sore on the entire side of my mouth, including down to gland on the side that the dental work was done. I am not in the severe pain that I was in when my nerves were going bad, but it feels like I have a dull tooth ache in almost every tooth of my mouth, probably due to referred pain from all the work that was done. I have done a lot of research on the computer about my numbness and am totally convinced that the reason I am so numb is because I suffered from a nerve injury during the root canals that I had and I am guessing the oral surgeon that I saw is probably covering up for the root canal specialist in case he was responsible for the injury. An injury most commonly happens when something goes wrong when the injections to numb you are given but can also happen with extractions from what I have been reading. So, right now, I am not sure who is at fault for this injury, but I am numb like I was just given injections, yet I also read that in time sometimes these types of injuries eventually repair itself, especially if you are able to feel pins and needles the way I have been feeling, indicating the nerve hasn't been completely severed.

So, basically here I am with a sore mouth, teeth that hurt all over my mouth, in addition to being numb on one side, but it is a lot better than the pain I was experiencing for weeks when my nerve was going and I had two failed root canals on the same tooth.

That is basically my horror story. I am sure it isn't that uncommon, but certainly something I never expected to happen. I hope this helps you with your website.

Staci


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