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Dental extraction causing neuralgia

11/28/2007

Question:

I had 2 molars removed,which had extremely long roots. Ever since,I have had extreme burning, stabbing pain which lasts 24 hours a day. This has been going on for 5 months and I am about to lose my mind. I have lost weight. I cannot sleep because it wakes me up at all hours. I saw an oral surgeon who looked at my CT scan and told me he could do nothing. What is going on?

Answer:

It is not uncommon for a patient to have a temporary loss of sensation after extractions if the roots are near the main body of the nerve. In your case, it appears that you have acquired some type of neuralgia that is associated with the extractions.

Ask the doctor that removed the teeth or the oral surgeon that did the CT scan to refer your to an oral pathologist or a neurologist for a consultation concerning this pain.

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Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University