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Inferior Alveolar Nerve Pain

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Posted by: lorraine.s.graham  (7 years ago)
3 Days ago, Monday, June 17th while cleaning my teeth with a toothpick I accidentally poked into the Inferior Alveolar Nerve. When it happened I experienced excruciating pain from my head to my toes. My tongue, lower right lip, and right jaw extended to the ear felt numb - I was drooling for several hours. I had trouble speaking as my tongue felt funny. Just like it was frozen by a dentist before dental work. I have been taking ibuprofen 2 tablets every three hours and am putting numbing gel since, but the throbbing pain is consistent. I thought it would go away. Today, Thurs. June 20th evening I couldn't take the pain anymore so I called Health Link, they suggested that I go to a mediclinic and was prescribed pain medication Tylenol threes. However, they are not working - at all. The doctor suggests I visit my dentist if the pain continues. The pain is horrible. I have maxed out my dental benefit plan and do not have much money to deal with this. What can I do?
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You should immediately contact your dentist any visit him/her as soon as possible. In dental cases you should not take chances. You have not mentioned that did you bleed or not. Its better to go and visit your dentist.
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Posted 7 years ago
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3 Days ago, Monday, June 17th while cleaning my teeth with a toothpick I accidentally poked into the Inferior Alveolar Nerve. When it happened I experienced excruciating pain from my head to my toes. My tongue, lower right lip, and right jaw extended to the ear felt numb - I was drooling for several hours. I had trouble speaking as my tongue felt funny. Just like it was frozen by a dentist before dental work. I have been taking ibuprofen 2 tablets every three hours and am putting numbing gel since, but the throbbing pain is consistent. I thought it would go away. Today, Thurs. June 20th evening I couldn't take the pain anymore so I called Health Link, they suggested that I go to a mediclinic and was prescribed pain medication Tylenol threes. However, they are not working - at all. The doctor suggests I visit my dentist if the pain continues. The pain is horrible. I have maxed out my dental benefit plan and do not have much money to deal with this. What can I do?

I don't know what you did, but I very much doubt you poked your inferior alveolar nerve, since it is buried deep within the jaw bone.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: lorraine.s.graham  (7 years ago)
Contacted my Dentist today. They said there is nothing they can do if it's nerve damage. They suggested I go to "Emergency"!
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Posted by: lorraine.s.graham  (7 years ago)
Dr. Henry thank you for your comment. I have receded gums and the roots of my teeth are exposed on the side where the injury occured.
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Dr. Henry thank you for your comment. I have receded gums and the roots of my teeth are exposed on the side where the injury occured.

Even with severe recession, the nerve is buried deep within the jaw and impossible to poke with a toothpick. To give you some perspective, I have been removing teeth for 35 years, and have only encountered the inferior alveolar nerve once by accident, on an unusual wisdom tooth extraction. Unless you drove a nail in your jaw with a hammer, I doubt you could poke your inferior alveolar nerve.

You could have some strange nerve parasthesia, but it is almost impossible to be the result of a toothpick.
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