Periodontics/nerve injury

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Implants were placed in lower left first and second molar region.
next day after implant placement numbness of lip was there.
then it subsided and at one moment pain was there. From third day pain and numbness has completely gone but mild burning sensation of lip is still present. It has been 10 days since implant placement. Is this a permanent nerve damage or temporary? When will the symptoms subside and what medications should be taken
thank you

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Dear Cameron,

Nerve trauma is an unfortunate risk in Implant Surgery.  That said, it is a good sign that the numbness is completely gone after only the 3rd day.  As long as you see a gradual improvement in the sensation, it should just be temporary.  However, it can take up to 1 year for the sensation to get back to normal.  You should keep seeing your periodontist or oral surgeon on a regular basis so s/he can monitor your progress until the sensation gets back to normal.

-Dr.Kong

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John Kong, DDS, www.implantnyc.com

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I am a board-certified periodontist and an expert on dental implants. I am currently in private practice at Better Living through Dentistry. I can answer questions related to the treatment of periodontitis (gum disease), dental implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts, gum grafts, surgical exposure of teeth, and minor orthodontics.

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I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 2006 in Forest Hills, Queens, NY at Better Living through Dentistry. I am currently an attending and Chief of Implantology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

Organizations
American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association

Education/Credentials
Wesleyan University / Amherst College, BA; SUNY Stony Brook Dental School, DDS; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Certificate in Periodontics; New York University, 1-year program in Full-Mouth Reconstruction; Certified in Invisalign

Awards and Honors
Northeast Society of Periodontists Achievement Award

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