Nerve injury can sometimes result from routine or complex procedures, such as root canals, wisdom tooth removal, or the placement of prosthetic jaws. When this happens, the patient will experience decreased or changed sensation in their mouth, tongue, or face. Many times these symptoms are temporary and the nerve damage will heal over time. There are times, however, when surgical intervention is necessary and it is important to have our doctors assess and monitor any possible signs of nerve damage to determine when and if surgical treatment is necessary. Most times, the majority of natural sensation will return, although it can sometimes take longer than expected.