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Title: Sensibility and taste alterations after impacted lower third molar extractions. A prospective cohort study
Author: Ridaura Ruiz, Lourdes
Barbosa de Figueiredo, Rui Pedro
Valmaseda Castellón, Eduardo
Berini Aytés, Leonardo
Gay Escoda, Cosme
Keywords: Queixal del seny
Extracció dental
Neuropaties perifèriques
Wisdom tooth
Teeth extraction
Peripheral neuropathies
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2012
Publisher: Medicina Oral SL
Abstract: Objectives: To determine the incidence, severity and duration of lingual tactile and gustatory function impairments after lower third molar removal. Study Design: Prospective cohort study with intra-subject measures of 16 patients undergoing lower third molar extractions. Sensibility and gustatory functions were evaluated in each subject preoperatively, one week and one month after the extraction, using Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments and 5 different concentrations of NaCl, respectively. Additionally, all patients filled a questionnaire to assess subjective perceptions. Results: Although patients did not perceive any sensibility impairments, a statistically significant decrease was detected when Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments. This alteration was present at one week after the surgical procedure and fully recovered one month after the extraction. There were no variations regarding the gustatory function. Conclusions: Lower third molar removal under local anesthesia may cause light lingual sensibility impairment. Most of these alterations remain undetected to patients. These lingual nerve injuries are present one week after the extraction and recover one month after surgery. The taste seems to remain unaffected after these procedures.
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It is part of: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugia Bucal, 2012, vol. 17, num. 5, p. 759-764
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ISSN: 1698-4447
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Articles publicats en revistes (Institut d'lnvestigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL))

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