Neuropathy of the inferior alveolar nerve: A case report

Ryan Alan Seals, Thomas Crow

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Neuropathy of the inferior alveolar nerve is not an uncommon complication after dental procedures. In this case, a 36-year-old male had a six-week history of burning pain of the left jaw following a crown lengthening procedure and crown placement. Osteopathic philosophy dictates that the function of the nerve is greatly influenced by the surrounding structures. By diagnosing and treating somatic dysfunctions related to the patient's complaint, the symptoms of the neuropathic pain resolved. This case greatly illustrates the efficacy of osteopathic manipulation and the depth of the anatomy that can be influenced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalAAO Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2012


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