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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2015, Volume : 8, Issue : 6
First page : ( 796) Last page : ( 799)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2015.00128.6

Lingual Nerve Damage during Third Molar Extraction – A Review

Shahana R.Y.*

Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai

*Corresponding Author

Online published on 30 July, 2015.



The lingual nerve damage during the third molar extraction has been prevalent in all cases. Injury to the lingual nerve are serious complications that can arise rom the performance of a number of oral and maxillofacial surgeries.


The lingual nerve is a branch of the mandibular division of trigeminal nerve which supplies the sensory innervation to the tongue. Lingual nerve injury is a common complication following the dental procedures. The clinical presentation of lingual nerve injury, its epidemiology, predisposing factors, and anatomy are explored in an attempt to identify those patients at risk for developing pain.


The alternative methods used to extract the tooth without causing any damage and coupling with anatomical, dental and proper classification will ultimately determine the potential for nerve injury. This review will bring about a clear idea of the actual cause of the lingual nerve damage.



Lingual nerve, anatomical position, surgery, oral and maxillofacial, nerve damage, third molar extraction.


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