Damage to the Lingual Nerve During Dental Work
Due the lingual nerves' position in the mouth, it is often subject to damage during dental work, such as:
If the lingual nerve is damaged, the patient may feel pain on the tongue or on the inside of the cheeks. It can be a burning pain or a dull pain. The patient may also feel altered sensation in the mouth.
A patient will be able to recover if the lingual nerve was damaged by the negligence of a dentist, oral surgeon, dental hygienist or other medical professional. Medical professionals are held to the standards of their profession.
A dentist, for example, has a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent dentist. If he or she does something a reasonable and prudent dentist would not do, or fails to do something a reasonable and prudent dentist would do, and damages the lingual nerve in the process, it may be negligence.