When preparing the mouth for dental implants, occasionally there is a need to move the nerve which supplies sensation to the lower lip and chin. It is called the inferior alveolar nerve. Often other therapies are considered before deciding to proceed with nerve repositioning because some postoperative numbness of the lower lip and jaw almost always occurs and can take a long time if ever to resolve.
Nerve repositioning, however, allows for the placement of longer implants which improves the life and security of the implant. The procedure can also be used to protect the alveolar nerve during the surgical removal of benign tumors or cysts.
Typically this procedure is performed in the office with Intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia.
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