Nerve Injury and Repair
The Center for Nerve Repair
Michael Barbick, DMD, MD.
Injury to the peripheral sensory branches of the trigeminal nerve (nerves that provide feeling to the face and oral structures) are well known complications of a variety of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, including third molar (wisdom teeth) removal, endodontic (root canal) procedures, dental implant placement, facial trauma, and other oral and facial procedures.
Repair of select nerves in the facial region can be done if the diagnosis is made in a timely fashion. Dr. Barbick is one of a few surgeons in the United States with the ability to help patients suffering from numbness from a nerve injury. Dr. Barbick has trained other oral and maxillofacial surgeons this microsurgical technique over the past several years and has given several lectures on the surgical repair of sensory nerves in the oral and facial region. Dr. Barbick most recently lectured at the national meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in September of 2014. His lecture included the multiple surgical and non-surgical treatment options for patents suffering from nerve damage following a oral surgical procedure.
Most commonly repaired injured nerves by Dr. Barbick are: Lingual Nerve (usually presenting with a numb tongue and lack of taste) and the Inferior Alveolar Nerve (usually presenting as a numb lip and chin). Dr. Barbick has numerous surgical case examples helping patients recover their sensory loss that he can share with you in hopes of helping you regain sensation.
Due to the limited number of surgeons in the country that treat nerve related injuries, Dr. Barbick will commonly see patients from out of state so please call our office and we will help assist you with your travel arrangements.