One common form of dental malpractice claims is damage done to the lingual nerve. This damage can result in serious consequences to victims that affect them for a significant amount of time. If you believe that your lingual nerve damage was caused by a negligent dentist, contact a knowledgeable Bridgeport, Connecticut dental malpractice lawyer.
About the Lingual Nerve Damage
The lingual nerve is responsible for taste and sensation to the majority of the tongue. It extends from the lower jaw to the tongue. Removing wisdom teeth sometimes causes damage to the lingual nerve. However, dentists can avoid severe harm to the lingual nerve if they properly follow the standard of care. Some dentists might recommend removing all wisdom teeth when completing this procedure to avoid damage to the lingual nerve. Others will refer the case to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon.
Damage to the lingual nerve can result in the following significant consequences:
After having a wisdom tooth extraction, monitor yourself for the symptoms listed above. If it feels like the anesthesia never wore off or food tastes different after a few days have passed, seek medical attention to determine if you have sustained harm to your lingual nerve.
Treatment for Lingual Nerve Damage
Lingual nerve damage is treated in different ways, depending on its severity. Sometimes it can be treated with simple pain management with the use of prescription pain medications. In other situations, it is necessary to have surgery to repair its damage to restore some sensation. If your lingual nerve damage was caused by dental malpractice, our experienced Bridgeport, Connecticut dental malpractice lawyers can identify the full extent of your damages, including all relevant medical expenses and fight to recover it.
Contact a Knowledgeable Dental Malpractice Lawyer in Bridgeport Connecticut
The dedicated dental malpractice lawyers at Meehan Law, LLC in Bridgeport, Connecticut fight aggressively on our clients’ behalf, including victims of lingual nerve damage. If you or a loved one sustained a lingual nerve injury, take immediate steps to protect your health and legal claim. Contact us at (203) 333-1888 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation with a dental malpractice lawyer.