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I was assaulted by an inmate at work two years ago. My three upper center teeth were knocked out and my upper jaw bone was fractured below my nose and pushed back and up toward my palate. I received a bone graph on the maxillary and had implants placed in, I had scar tissue removed twice from my upeer and lower lips. Two years later I still only have about forty percent feeling in my lips, chin, and they have a numbness feeling. Also when slight pressure is applied to my lower nasal nostril area above my upper lip it can make my eyes begin to water because of pain, can you tell me what it might be? The maxillary facial surgeon told me its permenant nerve damage from the original blunt trauma to my face and after all this time what I have now will probably be for life, I'm fifty four years old. Thank you for your time.

Mark -  of course without examining you I cannot be sure, but with the sensations you describe, it does sound like nerve damage.  That damage. Would be from the trauma and or the surgery you underwent for this trauma.  You say that it is two years since the surgery and trauma.  With that length of time, and with the altered sensations you now describe your symptoms seem to be neurological.  Now the exact cause needs to be found.  My suggestion is for you to seek an evaluation from a neurologist.  That doctor should be able to find the source and hopefully I can be corrected.

I hope you can find a neurologist to help evaluate you.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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