Injury to the trigeminal nerve (the nerve supplying touch sensation to the face and mouth) can occur after facial or oral surgery, root canal therapy, dental extractions, dental implants and even after routine dental "novacaine" injections or treatment.
The injury can result in a wide variety of troubling sensations from numbness to burning, stinging, shooting, or aching pain. Unfortunately many times the injury is not properly recognized or diagnosed, and effective treatment(s) delayed which diminish the chance for recovery or pain reduction.
Painful traumatic trigeminal pain can be devastating to quality of life, and the longer the delay to appropriate treatment the less the chances become for a full recovery. Evaluation by a qualified and experienced clinician in oral medicine and facial pain is essential.
If you are experiencing persistent pain or numbness after a facial or oral surgery, or other dental treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation as soon as possible with Dr. Sirois for a thorough evaluation.
Dr. Sirois is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine, earned the PhD in Neuroscience focusing on nerve injury, and is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician focusing on chronic facial pain. He is also Co-Deputy Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Neuropathic Facial Pain - Trigeminal Neuralgia Association.
For more information about trigeminal nerve injury and pain, please visit the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (http://www.fpa-support.org/), the most authoritative source of information for patients with neuropathic trigeminal nerve pain.