Dental Health Expert Forum
facial nerve damage after root canal?
About This Forum:

Questions in the Dental Health forum are answered by Dr. Jerome Tsang. Topics covered include bridges, cavities, crowns, and x-rays.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

facial nerve damage after root canal?

I had a root canal done on my wisdom tooth on my lower left jaw. That wisdom tooth was growing towards the tooth next to it and couldn't surface, so I had to have some dentist or surgeon try to pull it up before i could get braces. They were able to pull it up, but i guess it was too much trauma and caused some nerve damage. So i ended up having to get a root canal on it. they shaved the tooth and remove the dead nerves but werent able to get to one of the canals so theres some dead nerve left inside which he said was fine...

Right now, my facial expressions on the left side of my face doesn't look as natural. Like when I smile, it looks like I'm faking it even though I'm truly smiling and it shows on the right side of my face which looks a lot more natural. I'm 20 and its been about 4-5 years since I had that done I think. I'm not sure when this change occurred and just want to know if it is possible that the root canal operation could have done something to the nerves or facial muscle to cause this.

Thanks!
Related Discussions
Avatar_dr_m_tn
I doubt very much that this was the cause of your problems. Have you consulted a neurologist to see if in fact there is nerve damage?
2 Comments
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I would also check with a cardiologist to make sure it wasn't heart related.  Sometimes when your teeth are worked on the bacteria can travel to your heart.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
A related discussion, dental work and nerve pain was started.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
A related discussion, facial nerve damage was started.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
540545_tn?1377626518
Jerome Tsang, DDSBlank
Irvine Modern Dentistry
Irvine, CA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank