Persistent pain and neurosensory disturbance after dental implant surgery: Pathophysiology, etiology, and diagnosis

Mohanad Al-Sabbagh, Jeffrey P. Okeson, Mohd W. Khalaf, Ishita Bhavsar

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Abstract

Many studies have documented the successful outcomes of dental implants, but have also reported the association of sensory disturbances with the surgical implant procedure. Postsurgical pain is a normal response to tissue injury, and usually resolves after the tissue heals. However, some patients who receive dental implants experience persistent pain even after normal healing. This article describes the basic anatomy and pathophysiology associated with nerve injury. The incidence and diagnosis of these problems, in addition to factors that result in the development of chronic persistent neuropathic pain and sensory disturbances associated with surgical implant placement, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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© 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Etiology
  • Implant
  • Nerve injury
  • Neuropathic
  • Neurosensory
  • Pain
  • Sensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)

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