Mandibular Nerve Damage from Extraction

Last Updated May 28, 2020
Reviewed By:  Dr. Joseph Kim

On 09/28 I surgically removed impacted wisdom tooth # 17.

After about 1 week, the patient came back for evaluation and indicated that he feels numb on his lip. I documented the chart, provided him with referral to Oral Surgeon for evaluation but patient refused to go, but I still insisted for him to see one. Unfortunately, he never went.

Patient was continuing to come in for his regular visits and he states that he feels like it’s getting better. I made a little diagram in the chart to indicate where he feels numb, I used sharp explorer, and the only area was corner of his mouth. After that he was continuing coming for his 6 months check ups. He was very happy, haven’t complained on anything. After 1 1/2 years, the patient moved to another state and filed malpractice claim with attorney stating that he is numb.

Very unusual to report this after 1 1/2 years, and before that time he stated he feels much better. I don’t know if he is lying or not. Any recommendations. Thank you

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