Trigeminal Nerve Microsurgery in Staten Island, New York. Microsurgery for Repairing Damaged Facial Nerves and Restoring Nerve Sensation in the Face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Staten Island, New York 10305