Mandibular Nerve Neurosensory Impairment After Dental Implant Surgery: Management and Protocol : Implant Dentistry

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Mandibular Nerve Neurosensory Impairment After Dental Implant Surgery: Management and Protocol

Misch, Carl E. DDS, MDS*; Resnik, Randolph DMD, MDS

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Sensory impairment of the skin and mucosa innervated by branches of the trigeminal nerve is a potential concern in association with dental implant surgery. The most common nerve traumatized in implant dentistry is the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) and its mental branch. Other nerves at risk include the lingual nerve, long buccal nerve, and the infraorbital nerve because of the anatomical location of these structures. Neurosensory impairment may occur during all phases of dental implant surgery, including anesthetic administration, incisions, soft tissue reflection, osteotomy preparation, bone augmentation, implant placement, suturing, or soft tissue swelling after surgery. The reported occurrence of such nerve injuries after dental implant procedures is highly variable (0%–44%).1–5

When a nerve injury occurs, the dentist should be able to recognize the type and extent of injury and provide the most appropriate postoperative care. Traumatic and iatrogenic nerve complications may involve total or partial nerve resection, crushing, stretching, or entrapment injuries. The resulting sensory deficits may range from a nonpainful minor loss of sensation to a permanent and severe debilitating pain dysfunction. At present, no standardized protocol exists for the dentist in the management of nerve injuries after implant surgery. However, surveys at the Misch International Implant Institute (Beverly Hills, MI) indicate that 73% of dentists have encountered situations of neurosensory impairment within their practices. The purpose of this article is to present guidelines for the dentist in the diagnosis and possible management of mandibular nerve neurosensory deficits (including referral) after dental implant surgery that is dependent on the history, type, and nature of the injury.

Peripheral Nerve Anatomy/Histology

The trigeminal nerve is the largest of the cranial nerves and has 3 major divisions: the ophthalmic nerve (V1), the maxillary nerve (V2), and the mandibular nerve (V3). The mandibular nerve is a peripheral nerve, which is the largest of the trigeminal branches, and, as previously stated, is the most common branch that is involved with neurosensory disturbances after dental implant surgery. This division carries sensory information from the lower lip, chin, lower teeth (and associated soft tissues), the mandibular bone, and parts of the external ear.

The mandibular nerve also contains motor fibers for supply of the muscles of mastication, tensor tympani muscles of the ear, and tensor veli palatine muscles of the soft palate. However, these motor branches and many of the sensory fibers to the external ear are not injured during implant surgery, because the motor fibers are separated from V3 before its exit from the foramen ovale of the skull, and many of the sensory fibers enter the nerve above the lingula of the ramus. A V3 injury in implant surgery usually occurs after the nerve enters the lingula of the mandibular ramus and anywhere along its pathway in the body and/or its exit from the mental foramen.

The histology of the mandibular nerve consists of connective tissue and neural components. The smallest functional unit in the trigeminal nerve is the nerve fiber. These nerve fibers can be either myelinated or unmyelinated. Myelinated nerve fibers, the most abundant, consist of a single axon that is encased individually by a single Schwann cell. The individual nerve fibers and Schwann cells are surrounded by a protective endoneurial connective tissue layer (endoneurium) that is made up of a basal lamina, collagen fibers, and endoneurial capillaries.6

The individual nerve fibers of the trigeminal nerve are situated in multiple groups termed fascicles. The IAN has been shown to contain between 7000 and 12,000 axons in various fascicular arrangements.7 These nerves are classified as polyfascicular, which are characterized by an abundant amount of interfascicular connective tissue containing >10 fascicles. As a polyfascicular nerve, the IAN withstands stretch injuries better than monofascicular and oligofascicular nerves. The number of fascicles varies along the nerve trunk. There are approximately 18 to 21 fascicles in the third molar region decreasing to 12 fascicles in the mental foramen area.8 The IAN has more fascicles than the lingual nerve; therefore, the IAN has greater ability to regain sensation after injury via compensatory innervations from uninjured fascicles.9

Surrounding the bundles of fascicles is a thin, dense, multilayered connective tissue sheath called the perineurium. The perineurium maintains intrafascicular pressure and acts as a diffusion barrier in the protection of the individual fibers. Encompassing the fascicles are 2 types of connective tissue, the inner and outer epineurium. The inner epineurium is composed of loose connective tissue with longitudinal collagen bundles, which serves to protect the nerve against compressive and stretching forces. The main function of the epineurium is to protect the nerve components and maintain the structural continuity of the nerve.7 Continuous with the outer epineurium is the mesoneurium, which is the outside connective tissue sheath that suspends the nerve truck within the soft tissue and contains the blood supply to the nerve.6

If any of these extraneural tissues (epineurium, perineurium, endoneurium, or mesoneurium) are injured, impaired neural transmission of the individual nerve fibers may result in a sensory disturbance.10 The neurosensory impairment is dependent on the extent of damage to the individual tissue type.

A main concern related to injury of the IAN is the altered sensory functions (i.e., touch, pressure, temperature, or pain) after implant-related surgeries. Loss of sensation of the cheek and/or mandibular lip may lead to traumatic injury to the soft tissues during chewing and mastication and may affect the ability to drink. Significant pain may also be associated with these sensory functions, which may be debilitating to the patient.

Terminology of Sensory Disturbances

The literature related to peripheral nerve injuries is abundant. However, there exists great variation in the nomenclature used to describe the clinical signs and symptoms. Several common terms are used, often with overlapping meanings. The most commonly used term to describe an altered sensation is paresthesia. For years, paresthesia has been used to describe any altered sensation including pain, numbness, tingling, aching, warmth, cold, and burning.11 Recently, the Association for the Study of Pain has standardized a nomenclature system that defines the most frequently used neurosensory descriptive terms.12 There now exists 3 distinct categories with related subcategories describing neurosensory deficits. The most significant change is paresthesia. It is limited to an altered sensation that is not unpleasant. Dysesthesia is defined as any altered sensation that is unpleasant. Anesthesia is the total loss of feeling or sensation. These 3 main categories are used to describe, diagnose, and treat (including referral) the nerve injury in the protocol suggested in this article. Table 1 describes the most commonly used terms for neurosensory deficits (Table 1).

Table 1:
Description of Neurosensory Impairment Deficits13

Neurosurgery Classifications

For years, there have been 2 widely accepted classifications of nerve injuries. In 1943, Seddon postulated a 3-stage classification, which was later modified by Sunderland in 1951 into 5 subclassifications13,14 (Table 2). These injury classifications depend on the severity of axonal damage. Neuropraxia or first-degree injury is distinguished by a conduction block with no degeneration of the axon or visible effects of the epineurium. Axonotmesis is characterized by axonal injury with resultant degeneration or regeneration. Neurotmesis is the most severe injury type caused by severe traction or complete transection of the nerve and the nerve sheath. Although partial recovery from this trauma may occur, complete recovery is impossible.

Table 2:
Neurosensory Impairment Classification and Injury Response14,15

The nerve injury classifications of Seddon and Sunderland are useful for neurosurgery to determine the type of treatment based on the injury. However, predicting the amount of neural damage and resulting neurosensory deficit is usually difficult, unless the operator is aware that the nerve has been separated. The manner in which the neural damage manifests itself postoperatively and whether resolution follows can be perplexing. Therefore, these classifications are unclear for the dentist to determine an ideal time period to provide initial treatment or to refer a patient for further therapy.

Related Host and Local Factors

Many factors, both local and host-related, will determine the neurologic response to an injury. The type of injury is the most significant local factor relating to the neurologic response. In general, injuries that occur at the proximal site of the peripheral nerve are more significant (i.e., ramus region) than those that occur at distal sites (i.e., the mental foramen area). The more proximal the nerve injury site, the higher the risk of trigeminal ganglion cell damage and the initiation of retrograde differentiation effects into the central nervous system.15

Less traumatic injuries often are associated with early paresthesia or dysesthesias. When a nerve is stretched or compressed, the perineurium will protect the nerve fibers within the fascicles. With greater tension, the fascicles will begin to elongate, thus increasing the intrafascicular pressure. Further pressure will lead to axon damage, and if elongation is >30%, structural failure with possible severance may occur.16 Partial or incomplete nerve injuries will have different responses than complete nerve lacerations or resections. In contrast, more severe injuries are initially anesthetic lesions with poor orofacial function and associated referred, radiating forms of paresthesia. Although they may not be painful initially, they may eventually lead to formation of dysfunctional chronic neuroma formation.17,18

The most significant host factors related to implant dentistry are the patients' age and gender. It is well documented for all types of nerve injuries that both females and increasing age are at greater risk of neurosensory deficits.19,20 In older individuals, cell body regeneration has been shown to be slower and less dramatic than in younger individuals.

Pharmacologic Therapy

The pharmacologic therapies for acute nerve injuries include the use of corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The use of adrenocorticosteroids (e.g., dexamethasone) has been shown to minimize neuropathy after nerve injuries if administered in high doses within 1 week of injury.21,22 In addition, adrenocorticosteroids have been shown to inhibit axon sprouting centrally and ectopic discharges from injured axons and prevention of neuroma formation.23,24 Dexamethasone (8–12 mg) is specifically recommended because of its greater anti-inflammatory effects in comparison with other corticosteroids.25,26 It has been advocated that a tapering dose of a corticosteroid for 5 to 7 days be prescribed after trigeminal nerve injury.27

Further pharmacologic therapy includes the use of NSAIDs. NSAIDs have been shown to be excellent inhibitors of prostaglandin synthesis from damaged peripheral nerve endings.28 Prostaglandins released as a result of peripheral nerve damage sensitize peripheral nociceptor fibers and central spinal tract neurons.29 Accordingly, maintaining therapeutic blood levels of NSAIDs as an adjunct to the corticosteroid usage for 1 to 3 weeks after the injury is highly beneficial for the acute and intermediate stages of trigeminal nerve recovery.30 Because any altered sensation may be due to an inflammatory reaction, a postoperative course of steroid treatment followed by a high dose of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen 600–800 mg 3 times per day for 3 weeks) is used as soon as possible after any nerve injury. If necessary at 2 to 3 weeks after the injury on the basis of a repeated neurosensory examination, the clinician can prescribe an additional 3 weeks of NSAID treatment if no signs of gastric disturbances are present.

Additional pharmacologic agents that have been advocated include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antisympathetic agents, and topical medications. Precaution should be taken with these types of pharmacologic treatments because they should be prescribed and managed by a clinician familiar with the side effects of these drugs and experienced in treatment of nerve injuries.

Initial Management of Neurosensory Impairment

Various surgical and pharmacologic treatments have been advocated in the literature for nerve injury with varying degrees of success.29 The management of the neurosensory deficits presented in this article (Table 3) should first include recognition and documentation of the type of injury and associated signs and symptoms. Initially, physiologic and pharmacologic nonsurgical therapies are indicated followed by surgical evaluation and/or treatment.

Table 3:
Neurosensory Deficit Treatment Algorithms

If during surgery known or observed trauma (including traction or compression of the nerve trunk) has occurred, the topical application of dexamethasone is suggested. One to two milliliters of the intravenous form of dexamethasone (4 mg/mL) may be topically applied for 1 to 2 minutes.31 The direct application of adrenocorticosteroids will reduce neural inflammation and reduce compression from swelling, which may enhance recovery from neurosensory deficits. No morbidity has been associated with topical steroid application at the nerve injury site; however, significant improvement in postsurgery recovery has been observed. This is followed by a 6-day regimen of oral dexamethasone (4 mg 2 tablets am. for 3 days, 1 tablets am. for 3 days). If known nerve trunk transection is clinically observed during the surgery, immediate referral to a nerve repair specialist is highly recommended.

The most important physiologic therapy at the time of surgery includes removal or repositioning of any irritant (implant and bone screw) in close approximation to the neurovascular bundle. A radiograph or computed tomography scan immediately after implant placement is warranted to insure that the nerve is not violated. If a postoperative radiograph indicates that the implant may encroach on the IAN, it may be removed and dexamethasone introduced into the osteotomy site. A shorter length implant may be placed in the site in a more ideal location.31 No bone grafting materials should be placed in the osteotomy site, because it may invade the mandibular canal and interfere with nerve repair.

Cryotherapy should be applied extraorally to most implant and bone graft sites, but especially when nerve injury is suspected. The paraneural tissues should have ice applied intensely for the first 24 hours postoperatively and then episodically for the first week. Cryotherapy has been shown to minimize secondary nerve injury from edema-induced compression, decrease the metabolic degeneration rate of trigeminal ganglion cells from undergoing degeneration, and slow potential neuroma formation.32 Ice, when applied to the tissues, has been shown to significantly improve postsurgical recovery.

Postoperative Management of neurosensory Deficits

Neurosensory Testing

When the dentist discovers that a neurosensory deficit has occurred (often at the suture removal), a comprehensive sensory evaluation should be completed. The purpose of this initial examination is to ascertain whether a sensory deficit exists, to define and quantify the extent of nerve injury, record a baseline for recovery, and to determine whether referral for microneurosurgery is indicated.10

There are several accepted protocols for neurosensory testing. Ideally, a range of tests are performed ranging from light mechanical to noxious stimuli. The authors have advocated 2 categories of clinical neurosensory testing, nociceptive and mechanoreceptive. Each test is specific for various neural receptors and axons. The responses are recorded and quantitatively compared with responses from contralateral uninjured tissues (control). The following are the more common tests suggested for the neurosensory evaluation.


  1. “Pin-Prick” test: A 27-gauge needle is used to test for pressure detection and anesthesia/paresthesia/dysesthesia. A cosmetic pencil is used for mapping, and photographs are used to evaluate the recovery period (Fig. 1).
  2. F1-7
    Fig. 1.:
    Pin-prick test: A 27-gauge needle is used to test for pressure detection and anesthesia/paresthesia/dysesthesia.
  3. Temperature sensitivity tests: Ice chips or ethyl chloride spray and a heated mirror handle (warmed to 43°) are used to determine the patient's ability to feel cold and hot. Alternatively, test tubes may be filled with hot (43°C) water or cold water (Fig. 2).
  4. F2-7
    Fig. 2.:
    Temperature sensitivity test: A heated or cooled mirror handle is used to evaluate hot or cold sensation.

Mechanoceptive tests

  1. Static touch detection tests: A cotton tip applicator is used to determine sensation (Fig. 3).
  2. F3-7
    Fig. 3.:
    Static touch detection test: A cotton swab is used to determine absence or presence of sensation.
  3. Direction of movement test: The sensory modalities of mandibular nerve fibers are touch and vibration. A soft brush is used (with the patient's eyes closed) to determine the patient's ability to detect both sensation and direction of movement (Fig. 4).
  4. F4-7
    Fig. 4.:
    Direction of movement test: A soft brush is used (with patient's eyes closed) to determine sensation and direction of movement.
  5. Two-point discrimination test: With the patients eyes closed, the patient's ability to discriminate varying distances between 2 points is determined. A caliper with the ability to vary the distance between 2 points can be used. The normal distance at which most patients can discriminate 2 separate points is 6 mm (Fig. 5).33
  6. F5-7
    Fig. 5.:
    Two-point discrimination test: A caliper is used to discriminate varying distances between 2 points.

If the initial examination is within 1 week of the surgery, a course of steroids (decadron) is prescribed followed by 3 weeks of high-dose NSAIDs (600–800 mg ibuprofen). If paresthesia is reported after a 2-week period, only high doses of NSAIDs should be prescribed (600–800 mg ibuprofen three times a day for 3 weeks). If necessary, an additional 3 weeks of NSAIDs may be prescribed. If paresthesia is present, the neurosensory examination is repeated every 2 to 3 weeks. The patient should be periodically reexamined to evaluate whether nerve repair is occurring, signified by reduced symptoms and less soft tissue area involvement. Neurosensory improvement most often occurs by 2 to 3 months. If significant sensation has not improved by 3 to 4 months after the surgery, the prognosis typically is poor.

Referral of Neurosensory Deficits

In certain situations, patients need to be referred to a practitioner experienced in nerve injury assessment and repair (Table 3). As previously mentioned, if known transection of the nerve occurs during surgery, dexamethasone should be applied and an immediate referral to a specialist in microsurgical repair should be made after surgery. Similarly, if the patient has dysesthesia or complete anesthesia at the initial examination after surgery, the patient should be referred to a nerve specialist. Prompt surgical intervention may allow for the best chance of neurosensory recovery.

The decision postoperatively to refer should be based on the patient's signs and symptoms and the type of injury. A paresthesia should be given sufficient time for neurosensory recovery. However, referral to a nerve injury specialist is suggested after 3 months if the paresthesia has not improved during this time frame.

Additional physiologic therapies have shown successful results in the treatment of nerve impairments and include transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation,34 acupuncture,35 and low-level laser therapy.36 It is suggested these physiologic therapies be used as indicated by a nerve specialist.

Various techniques to surgically treat nerve impairments have been advocated with varying results. This includes decompression, direct anastomosis,37 autogenous nerve grafts,38 and alloplastic grafts.39 Successful surgical intervention, when indicated, is generally agreed to be most predictable if performed before the onset of Wallerian degeneration (approximately 3 months).27 This early, aggressive treatment may prevent transition to chronic refractory neuropathies.40,41


The suggested treatment of mandibular nerve neurosensory deficit is summarized in Table 3. The protocol during surgery is divided into 2 aspects: nerve injury suspected (most often after a radiograph is made) or known nerve transection during surgery. Corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and cryotherapy are prescribed after surgery. The postoperative protocol is divided into the 1 week, initial treatment, and the 12-week period. During this timeframe, a paresthesia is documented and mapped every 2 to 3 weeks to monitor the condition. NSAIDs are prescribed for up to 3 weeks after the initial corticosteroid therapy. If dysesthesia or anesthesia is found at the initial postoperative appointment, a referral to a nerve specialist is suggested. Referral is also suggested to a specialist in nerve damage after 3 months if the paresthesia is not improved.


With the popularity of dental implants and associated bone grafting, peripheral trigeminal nerve branch impairments may become more frequent. It is not expected that the practitioner make a definite neurosensory diagnosis. However, the clinician must be sufficiently knowledgeable in the causes, prevention, and treatment of such injuries to make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment and timely referral when necessary. Neurosensory changes in the orofacial region on rare occasions may be devastating. A protocol has been presented, which emphasizes early treatment with a wide range of modalities and guidelines for treatment—based on type and degree of neurosensory impairment.


The authors claim to have no financial interest in any company or any of the products mentioned in this article.


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Abstract Translations


AUTOR(EN): Carl E. Misch, DDS, MDS, Randolph Resnik, DMD, MDS

Neurosensorische Beeinträchtigung des Unterkiefers nach Zahnimplantierungseingriff: Management und Protokoll

ZUSAMMENFASSUNG: Über 70% der Zahnärzte haben bereits Erfahrungen mit Patienten gemacht, bei denen eine postoperative Missempfindung/Dysästhesie bzw. Empfindungslosigkeit als Folge von Zahnbehandlungen aufgetreten ist. Der dabei am häufigsten betroffene Nerv ist der Unterkiefernerv, der entweder bei einer Operation zur Zahnimplantierung oder bei Knochentransplantierungsbehandlungen verletzt werden kann. Bislang gibt es kein organisiertes Protokoll, das sich speziell an Allgemeinzahnärzte wendet. Ebenso wenig wurde bisher kein solches Protokoll für die große Mehrheit an Fachzahnärzten veröffentlicht.

Das in diesem Artikel vorgestellte Protokoll untergliedert sich in 5 Abschnitte: während des Eingriffs (1) wird eine Nervenverletzung vermutet oder (2) es wird eine Nervendurchtrennung festgestellt. Die postoperative Phase wird in (3) eine Woche, (4) die ursprüngliche Behandlung und (5) 12-Wochenzeitraum untergliedert. Es wird für jede dieser Phasen die geeignete Behandlung vorgeschlagen (Heilmittel, Überwachung, etc.). Dazu gehört unter Umständen auch die Überweisung zu einem Nervenspezialisten.

SCHLÜSSELWÖRTER: Schädigung des Nervs, Missempfindung, Nervenschädigungsprotokoll


AUTOR(ES): Carl E. Misch, DDS, MDS, Randolph Resnik, DMD, MDS

Deterioro neurosensorial del nervio mandibular luego de la cirugía de implantes dentales: Atención y protocol

ABSTRACTO: Más de un 70% de los dentistas han tenido pacientes con parestesia/disestesia o anestesia postoperatoria como resultado de procedimientos dentales. El nervio comúnmente más afectado es el nervio mandibular, que podría resultar dañado durante la cirugía del implante o los procedimientos de injerto de hueso. Sin embargo, no se ha publicado un protocolo organizado dirigido específicamente a dentistas generales o para la gran mayoría de especialistas.

El protocolo presentado en este artículo se divide en 5 períodos: Durante la operación (1) se sospecha daño al nervio o (2) un corte transversal conocido del nervio. El período postoperatorio se separa en (3) una semana, (4) tratamiento inicial y (5) el período de 12 semanas. Se sugiere el tratamiento apropiado (farmacología, control, etc.) de cada período y se incluye la referencia a un especialista en nervios cuando sea apropiado.

PALABRAS CLAVES: Lesión del nervio, parestesia, protocolo de la lesión del nervio


AUTOR(ES): Carl E. Misch Cirurgião-Dentista, Mestre em Cirurgia Dentária, Randolph Resnik Doutor em Medicina Dentária, Mestre em Cirurgia Dentária

Dano Neurossensorial do Nervo Mandibular após Cirurgia de Implante Dentário: Tratamento e Protocolo

RESUMO: Mais de 70% dos dentistas tiveram pacientes com parestesia/disestesia ou anestesia pós-operatória como resultado de procedimentos dentários. O nervo mais comum afetado é o nervo mandibular, que pode ser lesado durante a cirurgia de implante ou procedimentos de enxertamento do osso. Contudo, nenhum protocolo organizado dirigido especificamente para dentistas gerais ou para a vasta maioria dos especialistas foi publicado.

O protocolo apresentado neste artigo é dividido em 5 períodos: durante a cirurgia (1) suspeita-se de uma lesão do nervo ou (2) conhece-se a transecção do nervo. O período pós-operatório é separado em (3) uma semana, (4) tratamento inicial e (5) período de 12 semanas. É sugerido o tratamento apropriado (farmacologia, monitoramento, etc.) para cada período, incluindo o encaminhamento a um especialista de nervos quando apropriado.

PALAVRAS-CHAVE: lesão do nervo, parestesia, protocolo de lesão do nervo



АВТОРЫ: Carl E. Misch, доктор xирургичeской стоматологии, магистр xирургичeской стоматологии, Randolph Resnik, доктор стоматологии, магистр xирургичeской стоматологии

Нeйросeнсорноe поражeниe нижнeчeлЮстного нeрва послe опeраЦии по установкe зубного имплантата. Восстановлeниe и протокол

РEЗюМE. Болee 70% стоматологов сталкивались с паЦиeнтами, страдаЮщими послeопeраЦионной парeстeзиeй/дизeстeзиeй или анeстeзиeй в рeзультатe стоматологичeскиx проЦeдур. Хащe всeго причина заклЮчаeтся в нижнeчeлЮстном нeрвe, который можeт быть поврeждeн в xодe опeраЦии по имплантаЦии или проЦeдуры трансплантаЦии костной ткани. Однако до сиx пор нe опубликован упорядочeнный протокол, прeдназначeнный для стоматологов общeй практики и подавляЮщeго большинства спeЦиалистов.

Протокол, описанный в данной статьe, раздeлeн на 5 пeриодов: во врeмя опeраЦии (1) имeeтся подозрeниe на поврeждeниe нeрва или (2) становится извeстно о рассeчeнии нeрва. ПослeопeраЦионный пeриод раздeлeн на (3) нeдeльный пeриод послe опeраЦии, (4) начальнуЮ тeрапиЮ и (5) 12-нeдeльный пeриод послe опeраЦии. Прeдлагаeтся соотвeтствуЮщee лeчeниe (мeдикамeнтозноe, наблЮдeниe и т. п.) для каждого пeриода, вклЮчая направлeниe к нeвропатологу, eсли нeобxодимо.

КЛюХEВЫE СЛОВА: поврeждeниe нeрва, парeстeзия, протокол лeчeния поврeждeния нeрва


YAZARLAR: Carl E. Misch, DDS, MDS, Randolph Resnik, DMD, MDS

Dental İmplant Cerrahisi Sonrasinda Alt Çenede Sinir Nörosensor Bozukluğu: Yönetim ve Protokol

ÖZET: Yüzden 70′ten fazla diş hekimi, dental prosedür sonucunda post-operatif parestezi/disestezi ya da anestezi oluşan hastalarla karşilaştiklarini bildirmişlerdir. En sik şekilde etkilenen sinir, ya implant cerrahisi ya da kemik greftleme prosedürleri sirasinda yaralanan mandibüler sinirdir. Buna rağmen, bugüne kadar ne genel diş hekimlerine, ne de uzman hekimlerin çoğuna yönelik düzenli bir protokol yayinlanmamiştir.

Bu yazida sunulan protokol 5 döneme ayrilmaktadir: cerrahi sirasinda (1) sinirde bir yaralanmadan şüphe edildiğinde ya da (2) bilinen bir sinir transeksiyonu olduğunda. Post-operatif dönem de (3) birinci hafta, (4) ilk tedavi ve (5) 12 haftalik bir süre olarak ayrilmaktadir. Gerektiğinde hastanin bir sinir uzmanina havale edilmesi de dahil olmak üzere bu yazida her bir döneme uygun tedavi de (farmakoloji, izlem vb.) önerilmektedir.

ANAHTAR KELİMELER: Sinir yaralanmasi, parestezi, sinir yaralanmasi protokolü







nerve injury; paresthesia; nerve injury protocol

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