Trigeminal Nerve Microsurgery in Staten Island, New York. Microsurgery for Repairing Damaged Facial Nerves and Restoring Nerve Sensation in the Face.

David C. Hoffman, D.D.S. - Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. - Staten Island - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
 

256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor Staten Island, New York 10305

Telephone: 718.226.1251

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Trigeminal Nerve Microsurgery in Staten Island, New York for Repairing Facial Nerve Damage

TRIGEMINAL NERVE MICROSURGERY

What is the trigeminal nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is a primary sensory nerve responsible for sensation in the face. It also is involved in certain motor functions such as biting, chewing and swallowing.

How does the trigeminal nerve become damaged?

The trigeminal nerve can sometimes sustain damage as a result of dental procedures like wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement or endodontic therapy. Normally these injuries resolve over time. However, a small number of patients experience persistent numbness or pain in the nerve distribution area, necessitating microsurgery.

How is the trigeminal nerve repaired?

Microsurgical nerve repair helps the nerve endings heal to provide a better chance for recovery of sensation. At Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeons David Hoffman, D.D.S. and Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. perform microsurgical nerve repair as an outpatient procedure in our surgical center. Rarely, microsurgical nerve repair will require an overnight stay.

What will my recovery be like after trigeminal nerve microsurgery?

As with any surgical procedure, your recovery will depend on many factors. After surgery, your nerve regeneration can take anywhere from three to four months.

Why is it important to be evaluated early for trigeminal nerve damage?

It is crucial to identify damage as soon as possible because the optimal window to repair a trigeminal nerve injury is three to six months after the initial injury. The success rate of microsurgical nerve repair after just one year is greatly reduced than if identified early on.

How can I be evaluated for trigeminal nerve damage?

If you believe you have a trigeminal nerve injury that you would like to be evaluated for microsurgical repair, please contact Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule an appointment with oral and maxillofacial surgeons David Hoffman, D.D.S. and Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. at 718.226.1251.

256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305