Management of Neurosensory Alterations Associated with Mandibular Surgical Procedures, Scoping Review

2024 • Volume 18 • Issue 1

Ignacio Olivares-Unamuno; Marcelo Carmona-Martin; Rocío Jara-Díaz; Alexis Bustos-Ponce; Ignacio Sanino-Zavala & Rodrigo Quitral-Argandoña



Neurosensory abnormalities are complications can occur after performing certain oral surgical procedures. Multiple reports specifically indicate the area innervated by the inferior alveolar nerve and the lingual nerve as the most affected regions. Presenting the different therapeutic alternatives for these complications would be extremely relevant for the clinician, in order to improve the prognosis in terms of neurosensory recovery of these nerves. The objective of this study was to describe the therapeutic management of neurosensory abnormalities associated with damage to the inferior alveolar nerve and lingual nerve, in mandibular surgical procedures. The search for scientific literature was carried out in the PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases. The search terms “Trigeminal nerve injuries”, “lingual nerve”, “mandibular nerve”, “oral surgical procedures”, “treatment” together with the boolean connector “AND” and “OR” were used. Articles published between the years 2012 and 2022 were considered. In the selection of primary articles, duplicates were eliminated and the inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. Finally, the full text analysis was carried out with a total of 14 selected articles. A total of 14 articles were reviewed. About the articles, 6 correspond to low-level laser therapy, 2 to medication and stellate ganglion block, 1 to stellate ganglion block and xenon light irradiation, and 5 articles correspond to treatment by microsurgical repair. Low-level laser therapy, stellate ganglion block, vitamin B12/ATP administration, and microsurgical repair are effective treatments for neurosensory abnormalities caused by inferior alveolar nerve and lingual nerve injuries.

KEY WORDS: Inferior alveolar nerve; Lingual nerve; Neurosensory abnormalities; Treatment; Oral surgical procedures.


How to cite this article

OLIVARES-UNAMUNO, I.; CARMONA-MARTIN, M.; JARA-DÍAZ, R.; BUSTOS-PONCE, A.; SANINO-ZAVALA, I. & QUITRAL-ARGANDOÑA, R. Management of neurosensory alterations associated with mandibular surgical procedures, scoping review. Int. J. Odontostomat., 18(1):1-7, 2024.


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