If you are told you need nerve reposition in your jaw, you may start to worry. The biggest reason people worry about hearing this is because of the unknown. They cannot imagine what this is and start to think the worst. It is better to take a little time to find out exactly what this is to help reduce the fear you have. While it is not a procedure that everyone needs, it is something that can help people who are getting dental implants.
Understanding Nerve Repositioning
Nerve repositioning is a procedure that is necessary for some people before they get dental implants. The nerve in question is the inferior alveolar nerve. This nerve provides feeling to the lower lips and chin. Unfortunately, for some people, it is in the way of the placement of a dental implant. Before the implant is put into place, it is necessary to move the nerve. Nerve repositioning is limited to the lower jaw. It is something that is done when teeth are missing in the area of the two back molars and the second premolars.
How it is Done To get to the nerve, it is necessary to remove a section of the outer cheek. This exposes the nerve and the surrounding vessel bundle. After the exposure of the nerve, it is possible to move it to the side to allow for the implant. Once the implant is in place, the bundle is put back over the implant. A bone graft refills the space that the procedure created. After the procedure, some numbness of the jaw and chin can occur, but it typically dissipates in a short time.
All surgical procedures are scary and carry some risks, but nerve repositioning is something that can help a person that is getting implants. For many, it is another step in the process of getting dental implants.
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