Wisdom tooth extraction is the most common dental surgery in America. Every year, around 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from the mouths of around 5 million people.
Despite being extremely common and often seen as a “rite of passage” for teenagers and young adults, wisdom tooth extraction carries many risks.
Lingual Nerve Damage is a Serious and Potentially Permanent Injury
One of the most prominent risks during wisdom tooth extraction is damage to the lingual nerve. This nerve runs through the tongue and controls the touch, temperature, and taste for the front two-thirds of the tongue.
The lingual nerve can be damaged during wisdom tooth extraction by dental tools or even the sharp surface of the tooth. People who suffer lingual nerve damage during wisdom tooth extraction often suffer from permanent loss of sensation in their tongues, which can affect their ability to eat, drink, and speak.
Contact Us After a Lingual Nerve Injury
Dentists often push for teens, young adults, and any patients who have wisdom teeth to get them removed right away—even when it may not be necessary. Unfortunately, some patients who have had the surgery now face a lifetime of lost sensation, taste, and control over their tongues due to nerve damage caused by negligence.
At Wagner Reese, we’re building cases for innocent patients who were harmed by negligent dentists, oral surgeons, and other specialists who injured them during wisdom tooth extraction. If you or someone you love suffered lingual nerve damage during wisdom tooth extraction, we want to hear from you. Contact us today to get a free case review and learn your options for getting compensation.